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African and Native American Slavery
The 1500ís, a time of discovery, was when the Europeans came to dominate
most of the New World. The Europeans traveled to Africa and captured
Africans to help develop their land and satisfy their need for power. I
feel that the treatment of the Indians and Africans by the Europeans was
completely unjustifiable. While the Indians and Africans were less
technologically advanced and the Europeans were uneducated, in this
particular field, nothing can compensate for the actions of the
As Europeans began to settle new lands
they began their exploration of the foreign worlds. What they found was
the opposite of what they expected. They found what they thought was a
new breed of humans. In reality they were just Native Americans. These
Indians were less technologically advanced than the Europeans. They also
worshipped different and multiple gods and ate different foods.
Europeans saw this as barbaric, so they treated them as barbarians.
In the beginning Native Americans hadnít
the faintest idea of what the Europeans had in mind when they said
trade. They figured that when the White Man came and showed all that
hospitality they meant it. Of course, they didnít, the Europeans
captured the Indians to be used as slaves. They were also slaughtered
and raped because of resistance to leave their land. If any Indians
refused to leave their land they would be killed. The women were raped
for sick and disgusting reasons. Europeans didnít feel that the women,
or men for that matter, were worth anything as humans so they were beat
and raped without any thought about what they might be doing. As we
watched the movie Roots, I noticed a part in the movie where they were
on a ship and a man brings in a black woman, who was a slave. The man
offered her to the shipís captain and referred to her as a belly warmer.
That got me to thinking what could be going on in that manís head as he
said that. When I heard that I was shocked that a man could treat
someone like that. People have feelings and cannot be treated as
objects. Maybe the Europeans didnít realize that these people were, in
fact people, and that drove them to this awful conclusion that they
people this way. As Europeans settled their land and began to build
houses, farms and plantations, they realized that they needed servants
to assist them in their farming. So people would travel to Africa
capture blacks and then sell them to merchants and plantation owners.
They would then beat them and put them to long, grueling work. They
them as they did the Indians, and for much the same reason.
They figured that since the blacks were
black and appeared to be less advanced then they must be less
significant. People of the next generation whose parents owned slaves
and grew up thinking slaves were okay is understandable. I just donít
feel that anything could justify treating the slaves they way they did.
they had absolutely no respect for them. They would savagely beat them
to get them to work harder than humanly possible and they would rape the
women. I donít think that I will ever know how any one could do such a
thing. I conclusion I strongly feel that the way Europeans treated
people that were less technologically advanced is completely and utterly
wrong. It is difficult to contemplate
what was going on in their heads as they were capturing them, killing
them and even raping them. I can not believe how they could think that
the color of someoneís ones skin or
religious beliefs could make them less human. I am glad I live in a
country based on the belief that all men are created equal.
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