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Although the primary source only presents one point of view of a situation the opposing sides belief is equally important The dialogue La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca the experiences of William Bradford in Of Plymouth Plantation and the story of Pocahontas all express the importance of understanding both sides of a situation According to the primary sources of these accounts the actions and behaviors of the Native Americans were unjustified by reason and their culture was considered savage-like After further examination of the recorded events you can easily conclude that the Native Americans behaviors were clearly an act of their culture or retaliation Furthermore the primary sources bias description of an event will often lead to other misunderstandings of a situation In Cabeza de Vacas La Relacion Cabeza and his conquistadors already had pre-conceived ideas of Native Americans They considered the Indians a savage race with barbaric rituals to please the gods After Cabezas men were inundated by the tides and near starvation their only chance for survival was to ask the Indians for help Their preconceived ideas of Native American sacrificial acts gave them second thoughts in asking for support In the end the Indians took them to their village them into medicine men where they learned the ancient healing techniques of the natives This dialogue shows that preconceived ideas from the primary source can often lead to misinterpretation of a group or situation In William Bradfords account Of Plymouth Plantation he and his fellow explorers also had preconceived ideas that the Indians were savage and barbaric The barbarians showed them no small kindness in refreshing them but these savage barbarians when they met with them were readier to fill their sides full of arrows than otherwise Bradfords Online Page As the explorers were out searching the land they came upon a couple of Native American huts and having seen that the Indians had ran away they took the villagers corn and various
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