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In the essay The Indians New World James H Merrel states thatmodern and colonial Americans have completely overlooked the fact thatIndians in a world the same age as the Europeans and Africans did bothliterally and figuratively The notion of a New World was created bythe Europeans as an excuse to force a transition upon them The lack ofwillingness as well as inability due to disease to explore into theIndians culture and beliefs led the Europeans to believe that they weretechnologically and mentally superior to the New Worlds citizenscausing the Europeans to enlighten the Indians This enlightenmenteffectively eliminated their cultureIndians are often left out of the story of the founding of NorthAmerican all together because of their inability to fit into thefictional story of the New World The world they found was not new butrather quite old There had been people living on it for ages prior totheir discovery of it thousands of years later The Indians didnt seemto have travelled across an ocean or have walked thousand of miles soit seems alright to the Europeans to exclude them from their storiesBut the Indians were very much a part of their stories The people whosurvived the sicknesses brought over from Europe were able to help theforeigners who had no idea where to forage for food or how to adapt totheir surroundings with everything they asked The Indians realizedthat they needed to become friends with these people if they wanted tohave a chance to survive in the Old World and the Europeans realizedthe same thing Advantages began to be taken over one another Europeansbegan to occupy seeming deserted Indian camps and when the Indians cameback they refused to give up their land Indians began to find more andmore things that the Europeans required for everyday living resultingin higher trade pricesEventually the Europeans and the Indians began to fight and argue overwhat was rightfully theirs If fields were built near an Indianterritory or if Indians asked for food
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