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U.S. History, Indians

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american history, history

The American Indians : A History

Even before the white man reached America , the American Indians — otherwise known as the Native Americans — had already been living there . When the Europeans arrived , there were probably about 10 million Indians residing in America north of what is now called Mexico . In fact they had been living in America for quite some time already

History records state that the first Native Americans arrived during the last ice-age , approximately 20 ,000 – 30 ,000 years ago . They arrived in America through a land-bridge across the Bering [banner_entry_middle]

Sound , from northeastern Siberia into Alaska . The oldest documented Indian cultures in North America are Sandia (15000 BC , Clovis (12000 BC ) and Folsom (8000 BC (americanindians .com

Although it is believed that the Indians originated in Asia , the name Indian ‘ was given to them by Christopher Columbus , who believed that the mainland and islands of America were part of the Indies , in Asia

Red , White , and Black by Gary Nash tries to demonstrate that all the peoples , such as Africans , Europeans , and Indians , are part of the North American history . This was also illustrated in Mary Beth Norton ‘s A People and A Nation , which tackled the American History in such a way that every race – colored or otherwise – was also instrumental in shaping the America that the world has today . Although Nash basically tackled the Native Americans and their interaction with the Europeans who invaded their shores , Norton ‘s book traced American history until so much later . Basically , however , both books implied that everything that has shaped the American history involves greed for power and prestige

Nash wrote about how the people of colonial America were bound together by certain things , such as trade and barter . In fact , most of those who lived in that era were consumed by the power of money . It was , in fact one of the biggest reasons why the Whites were willing to cross oceans only to drive Native Americans away from their land . He particularly wrote about the Spaniards who Once .found gold and silver , a wholesale rush of enterprising young men from the lesser nobility in Spain began the transatlantic adventure (Nash , 27

Nash also narrated how this greed for money and properties drove the Europeans to interact with the Native Americans . Communication between them mainly took place through barter and trade . However , Nash was also quick to note that the Native Americans were not a stupid lot . In fact in spite of the fact that they were amazed by the strangers ‘ weapons and clothes , they were also bent on getting their fair share of the trade Of course , most off the Whites were hesitant to mingle with the Native Americans whom they thought were an inferior race . Some of them however , knew that these Red people were their only hope in their newfound land , so trade continued between the Whites and the Native Americans

Nash further wrote that those who befriended the Native Americans were so few in number… [banner_entry_footer]

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