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<b>Were Native Americans Conquered?</b> Before the 1800s, millions of Native Americans lived in the New World. This would soon be the Untied States. With the arrival of the French, British, and Spaniards, Native American tribes began to dwindle. In the end, the population of the Indians dropped dramatically; more than ten million according to several scholars. Considering the vast majority of the population that had perished, there is the question about whether or not the Indians had been conquered. The reality of the situation was that the Native Americans were indeed conquered; forced them into Catholicism and Christianity, seen as blessings from God when their people were dying, and made dependent on Europe for fur trading. When settlers came to the New World, there was the mentality that the lands were to be claimed. There were many settlers that had their sights on the New World: French, British, and Spaniards to name a few. With the introduction of the first settlers, some originally had good intentions. The French were told to respect the ways of the Native Americans; eat their food, learn their way of life and language, accept their homes as a place to stay, and not speak ill of them (41-42). What stood out among the French was how fur traders would intermarry with Native women. Unfortunately, as the French were going this, they were to remember "Jesus Christ is [the French's] true greatness; it is He alone and His cross that should be sought in running after [the Natives]." (New France, 40-41) In short, the French were to merely tolerate the Indians rather than accept them as an equal. This would be put into further effect when American settlers would educate Native Americans on how to become "civilized": own slaves and property, accept the Christian God into their life, and wear their type of clothing. In the end, it didn't make a difference. Millions of Native American tribes would be forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma on what would be known as the Trail of Tears. Compared to Spaniards, French settlers were less barbaric and accepting of the Indian peoples. Introduction of Spaniards to the Natives would bring devastation throughout their land and peoples. Not wanting to learn the Natives' language or merely tolerate them, the Spaniards objectives were to find riches and convert the "savages" to Catholicism and have them learn to speak Spanish, thereby allowing the Natives act like Spaniards. If this proved to be unsuccessful, a mass slaughter of the indigenous people would take place. One particular method of slaughter used were Spaniards cutting off the feet of those who resisted them, or rather cut them limb from limb. In addition to warfare, Spaniards were responsible for one of the first outbreaks of smallpox and measles among the Native Americans, which would wipe out a rough estimate of a third of Native peoples (Deverall 12-15). A devious tactic implemented was sending Native Americans blankets with the smallpox virus contained within them. The rule of Spaniards was a brutal one with little if no room for any objections. What's made worse was how when Spaniards first arrived, the indigenous people didn't speak Spanish. This meant that when the Spanish would invade and implement their order, Indians were unaware of what the settlers would say, and simply ignore or refuse the new ways of life. As a result, many lives would be lost at the hands of the Spaniards. Another group of settlers in competition with Spaniards and the French were the British. Upon arriving, they appear to express what would be seen as barbaric thoughts
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The Events That Resulted to the Decline of the Native Americans in the New World
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The Events That Resulted To The Decline Of The Native Americans In The New World

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              Were Native Americans Conquered?
              Before the 1800s, millions of Native Americans lived in the New World. This would soon be the Untied States. With the arrival of the French, British, and Spaniards, Native American tribes began to dwindle. In the end, the population of the Indians dropped dramatically; more than ten million according to several scholars. Considering the vast majority of the population that had perished, there is the question about whether or not the Indians had been conquered. The reality of the situation was that the Native Americans were indeed conquered; forced them into Catholicism and Christianity, seen as blessings from God when their people were dying, and made dependent on Europe for fur trading.
              When settlers came to the New World, there was the mentality that the lands were to be claimed. There were many settlers that had their sights on the New World: French, British, and Spaniards to name a few. With the introduction of the first settlers, some originally had good intentions. The French were told to respect the ways of the Native Americans; eat their food, learn their way of life and language, accept their homes as a place to stay, and not speak ill of them (41-42). What stood out among the French was how fur traders would intermarry with Native women. Unfortunately, as the French were going this, they were to remember "Jesus Christ is [the French's] true greatness; it is He alone and His cross that should be sought in running after [the Natives]. " (New France, 40-41) In short, the French were to merely tolerate the Indians rather than accept them as an equal. This would be put into further effect when American settlers would educate Native Americans on how to become "civilized": own slaves and property, accept the Christian God into their life, and wear their type of clothing. In the end, it didn't make a difference. Millions of Native American tribes would be forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma on what would be known as the Trail of Tears. Compared to Spaniards, French settlers were less barbaric and accepting of the Indian peoples.
              Introduction of Spaniards to the Natives would bring devastation throughout their land and peoples. Not wanting to learn the Natives' language or merely tolerate them, the Spaniards objectives were to find riches and convert the "savages" to Catholicism and have them learn to speak Spanish, thereby allowing the Natives act like Spaniards. If this proved to be unsuccessful, a mass slaughter of the indigenous people would take place. One particular method of slaughter used were Spaniards cutting off the feet of those who resisted them, or rather cut them limb from limb.
              In addition to warfare, Spaniards were responsible for one of the first outbreaks of smallpox and measles among the Native Americans, which would wipe out a rough estimate of a third of Native peoples (Deverall 12-15). A devious tactic implemented was sending Native Americans blankets with the smallpox virus contained within them. The rule of Spaniards was a brutal one with little if no room for any objections. What's made worse was how when Spaniards first arrived, the indigenous people didn't speak Spanish. This meant that when the Spanish would invade and implement their order, Indians were unaware of what the settlers would say, and simply ignore or refuse the new ways of life. As a result, many lives would be lost at the hands of the Spaniards.
              Another group of settlers in competition with Spaniards and the French were the British. Upon arriving, they appear to express what would be seen as barbaric thoughts
Native American Essay 
Works Cited
Deverall. "First Encounters." Deverall. Cultures in Conflict. n.d. 3-15.
Hine, Robert V. and John Mack Faragher. "A Short History of the American West." 2007: 17-51.
"The Missionary Impluse of New France." (2011): 39-44.
Witgen, Michael. "The Western History Association." The Native New World and Western North America 17 November 2012: 292-299.
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