Textbook: Mba Mbulu's Introduction to White History: The History of White America. Click here for purchase information.
Click Here and read the extract from Mba Mbulu's Introduction to White History: The History of White America for this class. Also read pages 70 through 73 of the textbook, Mba Mbulu's An Introduction to White History. Think about what you read and be able to respond to the following questions.
(1) What were the two steps in the establishment of colonies
in the new land?
(2) What methods were used to eliminate the Native American populations?
(3) Why were the native Americans unable to react quickly enough to save themselves or their land?
(4) What is the legacy of the native Americans who treated the white settlers humanely, helped them survive and refused to "fight hate with hate?"
The first step in the establishment of businesses and colonies
in the new land was settling the area with as many white people
as possible. Once that was achieved, the early English colonizers
proceeded to stage two of the process; the elimination of the
new land's native population. The English settlers took to this
task with a passion, so much so that, barely three years after
the settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607, Native Americans were
being systematically attacked and murdered by soldiers and armed
bands of white individuals. Native Americans were victims of repeated
mass poisonings, their canoes and fishing boats were destroyed
in order to hamper their efforts to feed themselves, and their
villages and crops were burned to the ground. In many areas, murdering
Native Americans became a business, a quite profitable one, and
many settlements awarded a bounty for each scalp of a dead "injun"
a settler produced. Probably suffering from a state of shock and
being unable to comprehend what was actually happening to them
(they had never been confronted with this type of behavior or
mentality before), the Native American was unable to react quickly
enough to save himself or his land. For all intents and purposes,
the Native American perished, and the ownership of the new land
ended up in the hands of white people. [For an in depth explanation
of why the Native Americans failed to maintain ownership of their
land, see Lesson Two of my book, Ten Lessons: An Introduction
to Black History]
Thus, the legacy of the Native Americans who treated the white settlers humanely, helped them survive and refused to "fight hate with hate" is the destruction of the Native American's way of life. Some historians have estimated that as many as 100 million Native Americans were killed by the whites who settled the new world. One can only wonder how many deaths would have been avoided and how much suffering would have been precluded if the kindhearted and self-serving [but short sighted and self-defeating] acts carried out by "good" Native Americans like Squanto, Samoset, Powhatan and Pocahontas had never taken place.