Fluidity of Art

Essay by Bella1028 November 2014

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1. Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress

• Columbus attempted to reach India and Asia by traveling West, but he reached an island in the Bahamas instead

• The Queen of Spain gave him ships and soldiers

• The Arawaks ran towards Columbus to share and trade goods.

• The Native Americans were introduced to horses, guns, disease, and steel.

• Columbus was interested in the gold worn by the natives.

• Native Americans were captured and extorted till they gave up their source of gold.

• Columbus exaggerated on the amount of wealth he said he discovered when he went back to Spain so the queen gave him more ships and a bigger crew

• Columbus reached other islands as well and enslaved the natives and they were forced to work in the mines and fields

• Native American societies were dominated by women.

• Later Europeans such as Cortes, Pizarro, and the English settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts did the same as Columbus.

• Native Americans had no concept of ownership of land.

• Europeans believed that they had a natural right to the land.

• As more Europeans came to the Americas, more land was taken and Native Americans massacred.

2. Drawing the Color Line

• Englishmen sail to Africa and leave with human cargo, slaves.

• The start of the color line in the U.S.

• Considered as servants, blacks in Virginia were viewed differently from white servants and they eventually became slaves.

• In the winter of 1609, Virginian colonists starved to the point of eating corpses.

• The Virginians needed labor to grow corn for the upkeep of their colony and tobacco for export profit which they began to grow in 1617.

• They could not enslave the Native Americans because they were too...