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Idealisms to Blame To compare the ecosystems of New England before and after the colonists arrived is to compare two different and ecologically distant places In the early 1600s New England was a seemingly untouched plethora of animals and plant life The only inhabitants within this land were several Native American Tribes Cronon pg 5 Then the colonists arrived with their European ideals diseases and unquenchable thirst for profit Some historians blame the entire systematic deterioration of the lands ecosystems on the colonists While other historians dare to speculate that the Native Americans in fact contributed to the destruction as well One thing remains invariable the New England described in the 1600s is unrecognizable when compared to the one of the 1800s The colonists defiantly had the largest footprint and gave the metaphoric snowball its push towards a means to an end The colonists ideology and capitalist belligerence towards commodification forced the land and the Natives to drastically transform Based upon passages from the historical monograph Changes in the Land William Cronon eludes that the European invasion was the chief agent of environmental change Cronon pg 161 Cronon writes that the colonists came to New England with certain expectations of wealth and prosperity that forced their surroundings to change The abundance of Sea-Fish are almost beyond believing how some have killed a hundred geese in a week fifty ducks at a shot forty teals at another Cronon pg 22-23 Cronon goes on to point out that the English caused the Natives to change from an early village system with hunting and gathering tendencies to one in which they settled in place with crops and domesticated animals Cronon gives the colonists the blame they earned the colonists were morally and fundamentally at fault for corrupting a virgin ground and people The landscape of New England was undoubtedly an untamed frontier With the only inhabitants being the Native Americans animal and plant life grew abundantly The
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