Native Americans and the Colonists

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How did the Spanish, French, British, and Americans differ in their interactions with Native Americans between the 1500s and 1800s?

The Spanish, French, British, and Americans differed in their interactions with Native Americans between the 1500s and 1800s first because the Spanish subjugated the Incan and Aztec Empires for resources and labor, the French made Native Americans into trade partners, the British manipulated Native Americans into harassing the Americans and French, and the Americans eventually took a great deal of North American land from Native peoples.

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The Spanish were the first European group to have extensive contact with Native Americans. Spanish conquistadors subjugated the Aztec and Inca Empires, took their gold, banned their native religions and languages, and made them into Roman Catholics who were forced to work for Spaniards. In time, the Spanish and natives intermarried. The Spanish were criticized for their cruelty by both Spanish missionaries and other Europeans.

The French sought to make Native Americans into trade partners. French traders used rivers in order to claim the land of North America, though many French preferred to stay home rather than to come to the New World. The French missionaries converted the Native Americans to Catholicism but were willing to translate the Bible into their native languages. The French also used Indian allies against British and American holdings in the New World.

The British traded with Native Americans and used them to harass the French and eventually the Americans. British traders...

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