HISTORY 101 Final Exam
There are four sections in this exam, with four questions each .You are required to answer only
one question in each section. Be sure to include as much information as possible to support your
answer. Each answer should be 3-5 paragraphs in length. Be sure to cite your sources.
Question 1 of 4
What made Native American peoples vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers?
The susceptibility of Native American groups to the conquest of the European
adventurers can be attributed to a number of reasons. Firstly, the people themselves were
unprepared to handle the European invaders. Their numbers have slowly dwindled due to forced
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As far as civilization is concerned, the Natives were unaccustomed to the rules and
regulations pertaining to the political, economic, and military features associated with the
Europeans. They lack the political amalgamation and organization to stand against the
subjugators. The diverse tribes were frequently in disagreement with one and other as they went
about their daily lives contending each other for food and land. The history of the Aztecs is one
perfect example of how they have accumulated many enemies within their tribe. The dispute
often resulted from competing for territorial rights, procurement of wealth, and the practice of
using their foes as religious sacrifices. The Europeans would use this trait to form an alliance
with an opposing tribe. The Europeans, particularly the Spanish explorers, were a unified group
and used this attribute to invade and assert themselves into the new land.
The Native Americans have the requisite skills to work with metals such as copper, but
lack sufficient technology to extract iron from its ore and wage war against the invaders.
the Europeans first arrived in the new land, the Natives welcomed and regarded them highly due
to how meticulous they look with their dress, beards, and ships. The Natives were also
astonished at their stuff such as cannons, steel knives, and swords. Unfortunately, the Europeans
used this advanced blacksmithing and technology to kill many of the Natives.
The Native Americans were used to becoming harmonious with the spirit of nature, but
the Europeans have no regards to this practice. In their perspective, everything that comes from
nature is just an endless supply of resources that can be sold and manufactured.
Even the Native
Americans were reckoned as a resource for free labor.
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