Colonial History Notes, Part 2 Period 1 By Codey Ho
One reason many Europeancountries colonized other lands andpeoples is because many Europeancountries were running out of naturalresources.
In Europe by the 1500s and on, there wasmuch deforestation and poverty, and thepopulation was becoming too great for theland and government to handle.
By colonizing the Americans for example,English, French, Portuguese, and Spanishcolonists were able to have new lands andopportunities, but in the process millions ofnative Americans were killed, enslaved,intermarried, or forced to leave their land.
Indeed, the European colonization ofthe Americas was perhaps thebloodiest and most horrific time inhuman history.
Besides the genocide of Native Americans,European colonists brought African slavesto the Americas to work, especially afterfinding out that Native Americans wouldjust die in slavery.
Image in this: men, who youve never seenbefore, come to your house and yourneighbors house and they all have as muchweapons as they can carry.
Then they start killing or enslaving you,your family, and your neighbors.
And you and your family and yourneighbors fight back but are crushedby mens superior weapons.
And soon, you and most of yourfamily and your neighbors aregone—killed, enslaved, intermarried,or forced to live somewhere else.
This is what colonialism is: it isdeath, it is slavery; it is the end ofone group and the expansion ofanother group.