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Ch 2 Essential Question
The Europeans brought familiarities such as religion, family customs, and much more with them to the Americas. As
for religion, many of the European colonizers were Protestant and therefore brought their christian ideals with them. As for their
social aspects, Europeans believed in a very patriarchal society and brought this with them as well. They created new American
worlds by intermixing cultures but most of all altering the those cultures, and changing the economy and other aspects that made
up the previous lives of the Native Americans. They did this by intermarrying between the Indigenous people to acquire
valuables. They also did this by creating new agricultural systems, converting the Native Americans from animism to christianity.
Lastly, Europeans with so much land and a lack of indentured slaves led to the Atlantic slave trade since they did not have the
means to enslave the Native Americans. Because of a lack of being able to communicate, there was tension between the Natives
and the Europeans, because of this, the Native Americans found it very hard to adapt to the presence of the Europeans and often
times would retaliate. Not only this, but the Europeans saw the Native Americans as savages and as a means of economic gain
and almost wiped out their population with disease they carried from Europe. Therefore, I do not think the Native Americans
were able to properly adapt to the Europeans among them, especially since the Europeans made it extremely hard for them to feel
comfortable in their own country, trying to change their culture, religion, and entire form of life.
Ch 2 Reading Questions
Because the environment in the Americas was different from the environment in Europe for the most part, it allowed
for an introduction to new crops for both cultures. For example, in North America due to their climate, a very popular and huge
crop was corn. Therefore different crops were shared between both cultures, causing an interaction to form.
During the 16th century, England had the right mind to manipulate the growing power of merchants. To do this,
England got hold of valuables such as gold and spices, therefore strengthening their economy. On the other hand, Spain failed to
do so by spending too much money on soldiers and war, ultimately weakening their economy and shortening their money supply
for other things.
When the English took hold of the area of modern day Virginia, an estimate of 30,000 Native Americans occupied the
area. Due to their proximity to their neighboring English and the unfair disadvantages they had to undergo in their own land, a
rebellion was born. They devised a surprise attack and the English in return took their land which was once shared between the
two as their own, causing the English to gain full possession of the land.
Indentured servants or slaves in the Chesapeake and the Caribbean were similar in the way that both were of course
slaves and were considered less and considered property. Although, the indentured slaves/servants in the Chesapeake had the
option to end their slavery contract by working endlessly and hard for a certain period time, almost as if they were paying off a
debt. On the other hand, indentured slaves/servants in the Caribbean were bound to their position forever.
Because of Louis XIV's laws placed upon New France, no one saw it fit to colonize. He drafted an immense amount of
men into military service, banned French Protestants from coming to New France, and the feudal system of New France was
controlled by the church. As for the Netherland, along with New France, many Europeans feared the presence of the Native
While New France and New Netherland failed to gather enough people to have a stable population and failed to create
farming settlements, New England created an environment similar to their one back home by forming a community, especially
one based off of their Protestant religion. 7.
Because New Englanders were Puritan, they believed themselves to be divine peoples of God. Due to this, they tried to
convert the Native Americans, even going as far as to form 'Indian praying towns'. What the New Englanders did not understand
was that the Native Americans had their own religion, being animists. Therefore the New Englanders believed the Native
Americans to be untrustworthy due to their lack of Christianity and the term 'White Man's Burden' was born, creating a clashing
relationship between the New Englanders and Native Americans.
Due to Bacon's Rebellion, Virginia Indians were driven out of their colonies and a culture clash was formed where the
Indigenous peoples and the Europeans formed a toxic relationship filled with hostility, especially since the Europeans ignored
most of the Native American's right to their land. As well as this, prices in tobacco dropped while taxes increased, land disputes
occurred, commercial competition with places such as Maryland and the Carolinas surged,, and an indignation of the Governor of
Virginia arose. ...
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