Native American Slave Trade

Europeans brought with them more than just disease and warfare during their invasion of North America, they also brought with them African slaves. Although Native Americans had a slave type of system pre-Europeans there was a difference from the Europeans the Native American slave systems. For example, Native American slaves were, in essence, captives from […]

A Shift in Government. The Cherokee Constitution.

The Cherokee Constitution was a reflection of the European influence upon Native American society.  When the Native Americans were first encountered by the Europeans, their cultures were misidentified based upon European conceptions. For example, “Indian societies, which were bound by kinship, clan, and village rather than by a larger tribal alliance”[1] was mislabeled as a […]

Land Ownership? A Different View.

One of the reoccurring themes in relation to conflicts between European settlers and Native Americans was the idea of land ownership. The European idea of land ownership was that of a titled deed or another official paper document. Furthermore, the European concept of individuals owning land was a foreign concept to that of the Native […]

Finding Middle Ground.

Finding middle ground can have a different meaning depending upon the interest of those involved. For example, one could have a mutual understanding, animosity, or tolerance. Native Americans and their European invaders seemed to have a mix of tolerances involving medical practices and military alliances, each finding the middle ground that best suited their interests […]

The Pristine Myth

When the European settlers arrived in America they saw a landscape that was anything like they were used to. Before their eyes, they saw an abundance of wildlife, forests, and vegetation that was foreign to them. Their discoveries were then romanticized as reports of the pristine land, a ‘New World’designed to draw in settlers from […]