ES 173 midterm - Utilitarian Conservation Native Americans The first people to arrive to the continent of North America were from Asia and crossed the

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Utilitarian Conservation: Native Americans The first people to arrive to the continent of North America were from Asia and crossed the Bering Strait around 20,000 years ago. They were hunter-gatherers and trekked throughout North and South America They lived in harmony with nature but still utilized the land for their tribes need, such as clearing land for growing crops. Europeans arrival In the 1400-1500s, Europeans began to explore the newly found land that was inhabited by people they viewed as savages who lived without civilization The Europeans took advantage of the native people and also brought over diseases that the natives were not immune to so they began to die in the masses They viewed the land as a resource to be exploited for man’s gain In the 1600s, British settlers began to colonize land on the east coast of North America that they believed to be free for the taking. The British settlers believed in privatized property and that the land was free to use as they please, due to their Christian belief that God created the earth and its animals for man to control. They also believed the wilderness to be evil because the land with not civilized by man, which goes against the beliefs of the natives. To get rid of the evil wilderness they began privatize their own property to be of use. The white settlers The white settlers began clearing the land for cultivation and looked at everything with and economical gain rather than conserving the land for future use.
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