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The Conflict of the Un-Civilized The Native Americans were viewed by the settlers as a savage and uncivilized race however due to the ruthlessness towards the Indians and later the blacks the settlers proved themselves more savage than either race First the terms savage and civilized must be properly defined Civilized and civilization refer to two different aspects Civilized refers to a person or persons that are characterized by taste refinement or restraint Merriam-Websters Civilization refers to a relatively high level of cultural and technological development Savagery is lacking complex or advanced culture wild and uncultivated Merriam-Websters What determines if people are civilized or not Ignorance and at most times stupidity plays a large role in peoples views of whether or not someone is depicted as civilized or not For the new settlers who came to the new world they saw the American Indians as people who are not technologically developed therefore they have become instantaneously uncivilized This crude stereotype was incurred not by deep investigation but by quick and first impressions that were not and at most times refused to be looked into deeper and lacked to comprehend the new cultures they have discovered In Christopher Columbuss Letter to the Sovereigns on His First Voyage he shows a moral understanding of the new people he has discovered Columbus first makes a statement of how different and un-advanced the Indians are all go naked men and women as their mothers bore them They have no iron or steal weapons nor are they capable of using them 500 Years 6 But Columbus then refers to them as a timid culture Of anything they have if you ask them for it they never say no rather they invite the person to share it and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts and whether the thing be of value or of small price 500 Years 6 In spite of their
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