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When Christopher Columbus made contact with the Native Americans in 1492, he did not know where exactly he was, he believed he was in the Indies. The Europeans had many plans for the New World. The things was that this land was already inhabited by the Native Americans and had been for some time. Europeans did not take time to understand or interact in a positive way with the Native Americans, and when they did interact with the Native Americans there was usually an ulterior motive involved. Many Europeans held the view that the Indians were either noble savages or primitive, bloodthirsty savages, and that it was the “white man’s burden” to bring civilization to them. Their methods of bringing civilization included but were not limited to slavery, assimilating them into main culture, imprisonment and starvation. Some Native Americans were submissive and some were resistant. I will give some examples in this paper.
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  • Fall '16
  • amy van
  • Native Americans in the United States, Indian reservation, Great Basin, Shoshone, Paiute

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