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1Discuss the clash of cultures between the European and the Native Americans What were the similarities and what were the differences The Native Americans outnumbered the colonists so why didnt they drive the Europeans from the Atlantic coastline Any general lessons to be drawn The pre-Columbian Indian civilizations consisted of the Mayas Toltecs Astecs Incas and other Indians Remnants of stone choppers and scrapers that were discovered suggest that the Indians used these items for spears and arrows Tindall pg 7 The Indians were not domesticated they used their hunting skills to kill their prey and bring it home to their families As the Indians began to settle in more permanent or semi permanent villages they began to invent more domesticated items such as fiber snares basketry mills for grounding nuts and domesticated the dog and turkey Tindall pg 7 The Indians began to consume more plant foods that became the staples of the New World chiefly maize which is Indian corn squash chili peppers avocados and pumpkins Tindall pg 7 Present day America should give credit to the Native Americans for harvesting these foods because these foods are in our diets Long before Columbus arrived America lived in the fantasies of Europeans Tindall pg 13 When the Europeans arrived they encountered a land of many opportunities some in which they had to swipe out from under the Native Americans feet The first European contacts with the New World began a diffusion of cultures an exchange of severe magnitude and race as humanity had never known before Tindall pg 21 The Europeans were introduced to animals and creatures that they had never seen before The only domesticated animals that the Europeans recognized were the dog and the duck Tindall pg 22 On the other hand the Native Americans had never seen horses cattle sheep goats or chickens The diversion of plants and animals gave both the Europeans and the Indians added diversity
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