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In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his men landed in America and encountered the Native Americans. It wasn’t like the Europeans came running out off of the Mayflower ready to destroy everything in sight. Columbus and his men first settled in America, learning about the Native Americans’ culture and inventions. For example, the Native Americans taught the Europeans how to grow tobacco, while the Europeans taught the Natives how to make iron (Zinn 14). The Arawaks, a Native American tribe, actually came running to the Europeans when they landed, greeting them with food, water, and other gifts. Although the Europeans settled when they first arrived, it wasn’t long until they created an adversary. When Columbus and his crew first landed in America, they actually
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Unformatted text preview: thought they were in India. India was believed to have a lot of gold; Christopher Columbus wanted their gold. The Europeans search for wealth quickly turned into killing their former allies; They began using Native Americans as slaves. When the Europeans began expanding into new lands, they started invading into other tribe territories. It is believed that when Christopher Columbus came to America, there were about 250,000-1,000,000 Arawaks; Just after 50 years, there were only 500 left (Native par. 4). Work Cited "Native Americans in the United States." Wikipedia . 25 Mar. 2007. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States>. Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present . Perennial Classics, 2003....
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course HIST 22 taught by Professor Menzing during the Spring '08 term at Saddleback.

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