Opposing Viewpoints of Colonization

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Throughout history myriads of civilizations encounter each other. These meetings vary from friendly trade to warring conflict; nevertheless these civilizations learn from each another in these encounters. As Columbus encounters the natives living in the Caribbean in 1492, neither side could imagine what a profound impact the other civilization they met that day would have on their lives. For Native Americans their world after 1492 would never be the same. This date marks the beginning of the long road of persecution, disease, and forced travel from their rightful land. For the Europeans a brand new world of prosperity, land, and religious freedom was there for the taking. These two differing perspectives are characterized in Chrestien LeClerq’s A Micmac Responds to the French and John Winthrop’s Reasons for Emigrating to New England . The European and Native American’s perspective of colonization has a profound impact on each other’s civilization. In Chrestien LeClerq’s A Micmac Responds to the French , records a 1677 speech given by the Micmac tribal elder to a group of French colonists 1 . LeClerq was a Recollet missionary who wrote a dictionary for future missionaries in the Gaspé Peninsula region of Quebec 2 . It would be naïve to think that LeClerq could thoroughly record the speech without any translation errors or French bias, however this speech does provide a greater understanding of the Micmac viewpoint of the French settlement in their world. The French colonists confront the Micmac and try to force the Micmacs to embrace their European civilization. The Micmac agrees that their civilization does not have the French advantages or conveniences, however they have the ingenuity to build wigwams to live in wherever they please 3 . The Micmac elder continues saying that the French call the New World a living hell, attacking the Micmac people calling them uncivilized savages
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lacking religion, manners, social order, and the European comforts. In reality the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Fall '08 term at Lehigh University .

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