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Eurocentrism And The Right To Dominate In The New World.

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When the first Europeans arrived on the shores of North America, with its lush landscape and seemingly endless opportunities for exploration and discovery, it seemed as if the Europeans had stumbled upon heaven on earth. The fact that a race of people already resided on the continent and had developed fairly sophisticated cultures did not deter the Europeans from trying to reach their specific goals of finding gold, spreading the word of God through Christianity and obtaining glory for their homeland by claiming more territory. Some attempts were made to create friendly relationships with some indigenous people but generally speaking Europeans did not grant Indians respect in regards to their lifestyle, culture, religion, language or land. Europeans followed this doctrine of not respecting racial differences when they sailed to Africa and paid people to kidnap Africans and bought them to use as slaves in America. It should be noted that when speaking about Europeans I am generalizing. I will speak about certain Europeans (Americans) who fought for different rights of both the Indians and Africans. There were a lot of similarities in the way both Indians and Africans were encountered and treated by most Europeans. The Eurocentric view that white European culture was the only important culture characterized the Europeans encounters with both Indians and Africans. This allowed Europeans to control people and do whatever they felt they needed to do in order to ensure success in the New World. Europeans considered both Indians and African as sub humans. They regarded them as savages and slaves not worthy of humane treatment because of their darker skin color and thought that their culture was unimportant, unnecessary and backwards because it was different than European culture. Both Indians and Africans endured similar experiences during this time because of their status in the country under the domination of Europeans.The way that Europeans introduced themselves to new ethnic groups was similar. As they regarded themselves as a more evolved, higher race, very little diplomacy was used in first encounters. Generally, Europeans would come into villages where indigenous people lived, move into their homes and sponge off of them in terms of eating their food supplies and learning how to live in the foreign land. Eventually war would be waged over the land and the resources available on the land. With Africans, slave traders would kidnap Africans, mostly in the middle of the night, shackle them and sell them into slavery to the highest bidder. Fairs would be set up and the "captains go ashore from time to time, to examine the Negroes that are exposed to sale, and to make their purchases." (Falconbridge, 42). If the African survived the boat trip to America, he/she was treated very poorly, like a beast of burden instead of a person. Europeans were able to dominate both indigenous people and Africans because they had more advanced technological fighting...

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