History Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

How did the three major European colonial powers differ in their relations with Indigenous peoples? What changes from the 16th to the 18th century? In your examples, be specific about time, place, and which peoples are involved.

Expert Answers info

cpnenn eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write3 answers

starTop subject is History

The relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Asia and the European imperial powers is far more complex than what is often demonstrated in movies and popular culture. How each European power determined policy toward the indigenous people depended on that power's culture, religious ideals, and economic purpose. The three major European powers of Spain, France, and Britain differed greatly in their relations with the indigenous people.

Spain's primary focus in the New World was conquest and the extraction of wealth under the banner of spreading the Catholic faith. Conquistadors such as Hernando Cortes and Francisco Pizzaro in the 1500s...

(The entire section contains 324 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial