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It'd be a horrible feeling, to watch that 350 years play out. To be content and on top of the world, thinking that you had done quite well in spite of it all... then to be visited by strangers you did not recognise, with technology and words you did not understand. Dismissing or working with them, only later to discover how powerful and dominant they were to become, and to watch whole nations be wiped out by diseases previously unknown. To have it slowly dawn on you how powerless you really were all along, and how helpless you're to become.
At the dawn of the 16th century, the native population of the Americas is estimated to have been around 100 million (1/6 of the total world population). Over the next 350 years, disease and war reduced that population by %95.
Are those numbers common knowlege? I find them shocking. :/
Note that I don't necessarily blame the Europeans for everything - after all, they couldn't have forseen the how their diseases would be so devastating (in fact they were at a loss to explain why their own settlers were never so badly affected). Not all tragedies have a villian I guess.
"History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford
Mar 26, 2007 07:21 # 44198
It has been a long sought question of "who" or "where" slavery orginated.
Some people have always strived to be better off at the expense of others. I think slavery is just one symptom of that. It is convenient for the military superior to have the losing party do free work for them, and it has never been hard to morally 'justify' the fact that your advantage is another person's disadvantage, however far-fetched that 'justification' might be.
When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.
however far-fetched that 'justification' might be.
Because of a certain author of sci-fi, I never before knew of this evil guy.
All for the sake of greed.
Knowing that such a tradgic event ever took place, makes me wonder about the differences between man and beast. Even beasts of the field have intuition of when enough is enough.
I love reading Russian Literature!!!
Feb 16, 2011 17:39 # 47015
I think this subject truly deserves to be in this catorgorie as it sucks on a major level, you state that not all tradegys have a villian but i think this one did, i read a book that outlined the pure evil put upon these people, white europeans moving through the country, taking food from settlements and villages to help along their way, taking men to help carry stuff, taking women for sex, doing as they please.
www.leonardpeltier.net will provide a grim account of more recent times, its shocking to think it was not long ago these people were living amongst nature, worshipping the mountains and the trees and now they are almost extinct, the book i read on this subject was very depressing.
The first four faces carved into Mount Rushmore all had their hand in the mass genocide of the Indians, they should not be celebrated.
This is history, just like Hitler, a sad account of a greedy, gluttonous and barbaric time that ruined the lives of innocent people.