"At first we had the land and the white man had the bible. Now we have the Bible and the white man has the land." -Dan George, 19th Century Canadian Indian
Native Americans lived in America long before the Europeans happened to come across and settle the land there. Native Americans had their own belief systems and ways of living before the Europeans attempted to spread Christianity and convert everyone to their way of thinking. Natives believed that no one owned the land and that everyone communally shared it. Europeans traveled to America in search of a new place to settle in order to form a society based on their beliefs as opposed to those of England. Europeans imposed their way of living on the Natives, although its ironic that they created the United States to promote freedom. Europeans tricked the Natives into selling them the land by selling them religion.
The Europeans never had equality in mind when they were reconstructing the way of living these people had grown accustomed to. Humans are greedy, and the majority of people outlooks on life that only benefit themselves. A comment like this could be made in this time period because it is true that when the Europeans came to America and took over everyone's land, selling their religion as a way of initiating their coercive takeover. This inequality benefits the Europeans because they didn't lose anything in acquiring a few followers. The Europeans gained religious support, while gaining massive amounts of territory, all the white never seeing the American Indian's point of view.
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