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European contact with the first nations
Transcript of European contact with the first nations
BY ALIYAH Y
We all know that European contact with the First Nations changed their way of life forever, but most of us don’t know how.How it all started, how their relationship was, why there was war, and why everything turned out the way it did, is a mystery to most people; but after this presentation, they'll no longer be a mystery.
WHY DID THEY NEED HELP?
When the European explorers first arrived, they needed the knowledge of the First Nations peoples in order to hunt animals, grow crops, make clothing, build shelter, and do many other things. They also needed their knowledge of the land in order to get around efficiently. In this way, the First Nations Peoples were of great use and importance to the Europeans. Due to their kind nature, the First Nations peoples couldn’t resist helping them.
WHY DID THEY DISRESPECT THE FIRST NATIONS?
The European explorers used the First Nations people for their resources-during trade and such-and knowledge, but that was it. They wondered why the First Nations would undergo such 'savage' ways of life, and therefore always thought of themselves as far above them in many ways. What the Europeans didn't know was that they were not at all savage but instead very caring and protective of their families. So, you could say that their reason for disliking the First Nations is because of their difference in culture, tradition, religion, hunting, and many other things.
HOW DID TRADE CHANGE THEIR LIVES?
As mentioned before, the First Nations were very kind and generous people; unfortunately, this all changed upon the arrival of the Europeans.
When the Europeans arrived, the First Nations were eager to trade furs for metal knives, axe heads, pots, needles, muskets, cloth, and glass beads. These items were seen as peculiar, yet outstanding amongst them, so everyone wanted them. At first, it was a very peaceful trade; but as time went on, they became more and more greedy, and began fighting each other for these materials.
The fights became worse and worse, leading to bad injuries and very few deaths; all caused by the arrival of the early European Explorers.
HOW COULD THEY COMMUNICATE?
According to various articles, the Europeans found it difficult to communicate with the First Nations at first; but soon enough, they discovered methods such as drawing and using signs. These were the easiest methods, but they seemed to rarely get the point across properly. When this was dicovered, they decided to learn how to say a few words and simple verbs over time; which later developed into the full language. People who originally learned the language of the First Nations peoples became translators for the others.
Now, you have learned all about how European contact with the first nations people was. Based on what you learned, would you say that the early Europeans had a good or bad influence on the first nations? Why so?