Which Best Describes The Colonists Attitude Toward American Indians?
From the very early European migration to the American continent, they had a long history of tart relationship with the Indians.
The way Natives or Indians never trusted and hated European origin American colonists; similarly, colonists also hated and considered them as fearful people.
Colonists believed the Indians were not trustworthy and they don’t deserve to rule the new world.
The colonists had a doubt, if the situation changes, these people (Indians) could have become a big problem for their interests.
This was the main fact, which best describes the colonists’ attitude toward American Indians.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? Several Tribes of American Indians Were Cannibals. They Ate Human Meat. Some of Those Groups Were Mohawk, Attacapa, And Tonkawa. From 1501 to 1502, During His Voyage, Amerigo Vespucci Encountered A Group of Natives, Who Killed And Ate One of His Crewmen]
What Was The Result of This Attitude During And After The American Revolution?
The British authority took full advantage of this conflict between the European-origin American colonists and American Indians during the time of the Revolution.
British used Indians to fight against the revolutionary colonists.
However, taking the British side didn’t prove to be beneficial for them once the war came to an end.
Because at the end of the war, Britain had to face heavy defeat, which also ended their rule in the 13 colonies.
As a result, the power of the colonies fully transferred to the hands of colonists.
With the new government, they became retaliatory to the Indians and started taking some very tough actions against their interests.
Even such actions encouraged patriots to kill and depart Indians from their own lands.
The 1830’s Indian Removal Act was a significant example of these actions.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? In 1763, British King George III Declared A Royal Proclamation, Which Prevented Colonists Expansion Towards Indians’ Home Lands. This Proclamation Succeeded Making Indians A Little Loyal To The British Crown. Later, This Loyalty Attracted Their Support In The Revolutionary War]
But Why American Indians Did Not Like Colonists?
The main reason for this had been going on since Christopher Columbus’s time.
The places where the colonists started living in, actually once belonged to the natives (Indians). The colonists were originally from the continent of Europe.
Therefore, when they started migrating to the new world; they began so many activities against Indian’s interests.
- Capturing Indians to sell in Europe’s slave market (as slaves).
- Using native women for sexual slavery. Even tyrants like Christopher Columbus never showed mercy towards little girls of 8 to 10 years old.
- Departing Indians from their own compatible lands to some unfavorable areas.
- Even the immigrants executed mass massacres on the Indians.
- And more atrocities.
The natives never forgot these sharp experiences and for this reason, the colonists and their relationship never came into a normal situation.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? From 1492 To 1900, More Than 12 Million Native American People Had To Lose Their Lives Due To The Atrocities of European-Origin American Colonists. This Is Also The Main Reason of The Rapid Decline In Their Population]