African and Native American Slavery

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African and Native American Slavery

The 1500's, 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 Europeans.

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 hadn't 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

didn't, 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 didn't 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...