The New World

HST 114
In 1492 Christopher Columbus headed across the Atlantic Ocean in order to find a trade route to India. When Columbus finally reached land, he believed that he was somewhere near the Asian mainland. Where he had actually landed, was the Americas. Columbus found, in America, that there were already people living and working the land. Later after exploring, Columbus returned to Spain and told the monarchs of Castile and Aragon about what he had seen. How "rich for planting and sowing, for breeding cattle of every kind, for building towns and villages" (Out Of Many,32). Columbus had paved the way for others to travel to .
The Europeans called this place, where people were already ...

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Set,13). The Indians were unaware of the hostile environment that was to lie ahead. "The first stages of the Spanish invasion of America included frightful violence. Armies led by conquistadors marched across the Caribbean island, plundering villages, slaughtering men, and capturing women" (Out Of Many,33). This was just the beginning of encomienda, an early form of slavery. Indians later made poor slaves, because they were unreliable. Indians did everything to get out of slavery "many took poison, others hanged themselves"(Out Of Many,33). That is why the African slave trade was started. African slaves were not living in the Americas, until they were shipped in 1441. Both were considered savages though. "I had never seen among any people such instance of brutal cruelty; and this not only shown towards us blacks, but also to some of the whites themselves"(Documents Set,45).
As societies and communities were forming the Old World, diseases took over the New World. ...

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expressed their views about the changes to their homeland by saying, "you have your ways and we have ours" (WTUD,44). Others differently stated, "you come to destroy my country" (WTUD,39). All the work the Europeans were doing was driving away the wildlife and damaging the Indians’ crops. The livestock ate the majority of it. On the other hand the Europeans thought the economy was booming. They had "gold, silver, corn, potatoes, beans, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco, and cotton all in their new world" (Out Of Many,37). Europeans needed more land for crops but the Indians said "we won’t sell our land" (WTUD,87). The selling of land was all new to the Indians they didn’t understand that ...

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