How did the English colonists and Native Americans adapt to each other's presence?

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The relationship between the Native Americans and the English settlers was a mixed one. When the English settlers first arrived, some Native American tribes welcomed them and showed them how to survive. One example of this was the efforts of Squanto and the Wampanoag tribe. Squanto showed the English settlers where to farm, what crops to grow, and how to survive the rough New England winters. Squanto also helped smooth relations when misunderstandings developed.

However, these friendly relations didn’t always exist between the Native Americans and the English settlers. The Native Americans feared the British presence, as the British had advanced weaponry and technology. In many cases, the British viewed the Native Americans as a threat, because they believed the Native Americans were holding back the spread of the British way of life and hindering British expansion. Unlike the French, who married Native American women,...

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