One reason many European countries colonized other lands and peoples isbecause many European countries were running out of natural resources
In Europe by the 1500s and on, there was much deforestation and poverty, and thepopulation was becoming too great for land and government to handle.
By colonizing the Americans, for example,English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish colonist were able to have new lands andopportunites, but in the process millions of Native Americans were killed, enslaved, intermarried,or forced to leave their land.
Indeed, the European colonization of theAmericas was perhaps the bloodiest and most horrific time in human history.
Besides the genocide of Native Americans,European colonist brought African slaves tothe Americas to work, especially afterfinding out that Native Americans wouldjust die in slavery.
Image this: men, who youve never seen before, come to your house and your neighbors house and they all have as much weapons as they can carry.
Then they start killing or enslaving you, your family,and your neighbors.
And you, your family, and your neighborsfight back but are crushed by the menssuperior weapons.
And soon, you and most of your family and neighbors are gone, killed, enslaved, intermarried, or forced to live somewhere else.
This is what colonialism is: its death, its slavery: andit is the end of one group and the expansion of another group
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