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Race Relations in the New World The British colonies in North America were not societies that valued or expected equality They conquered Native American land without any payment for it and they used African Americans as slaves By the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century the standard norm for the British included vicious warfare with the Native Americans and enslavement of the African Americans These practices became the standard norm as a result of carelessness and perhaps fear of change on the part of the British Early British settlements in North America established first contact between the British and the Native Americans Almost twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of the colonists who settled at Roanoke the British settled In the Chesapeake Bay area in the early 17th century They called it Jamestown in honor of their king James I Shortly after settling in Jamestown a group of about two hundred Native Americans attacked the British because the British were trying to exploit Native American labor and wealth The British saw nothing wrong with holding a peaceful social state but at the same time using Native Americans as a cheap form of labor Although the Native Americans had supplied the British with food and other vital necessities tensions still persisted The British and the Native Americans interacted very often in trade surroundings but the failure of each group to understand and accept the other groups culture prevented any lasting cooperation between the two groups Simple misunderstandings during a trade agreement could turn into violent confrontations as a result of the large difference in culture and beliefs In March 1622 one Native American by the name of Opechancanough planned a surprise attack on Jamestown Intending to wipe out the whole colony his plan was only partially successful as a result of British retaliation which killed more Native Americans than they did British After retaliation by the British the Native
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