Essay sample - Cultural Incomprehension between Europeans and Native Americans in the Colonial Context

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When history is composed by the victor it is impossible to read the other side of story through the eyes of the vanguished. So the truth of history is only partial. However , after the celebration of the victory when the minds are less euphoric it is possible to gauge the truth behind the stories that shaped the American dream over the years.The former chroniclers of explorations cinemetically focussed on what they saw through a single lense…

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It is usual for European explorers to use casually terms like "wilderness" and "unknown" to describe homelands of native people. In fact, these regions were the real milieu of Native American homes with their adjoining gardens and hunting lands. The journey of the Europeans and their entourage, bearing the massive inventory of the expedition could not have completed the mission without the co-operation and support of the natives. It is highly doubtful whether they would have survived in the rugged and hostile terrain without heavily relaying on the expertise of the natives for whom it was their home. The wealth of vital topographic knowledge about rivers, streams, hills, and passages might have been invaluable logistic support on their itinerary. Though they co-operated both Europeans and the natives may not have understood the full implications of the unfolding drama.
There are plethoras of motives that goad explorers to brave the tumultuous waves of perilous oceans, to confront the dusty heat waves of the desert and to scale the precipitous cliffs. Nevertheless, social historians have narrowed down the motives of the men to the inordinate craving for gold, God and glory. ...
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