The social/cultural and economic responses of the British, French, and Spanish to the natives of North America prior to 1750. This is my AP US History project assignment: The year 1750. Native...

The social/cultural and economic responses of the British, French, and Spanish to the natives of North America prior to 1750.

This is my AP US History project assignment:

The year 1750. Native American groups from throughout the Western Hemisphere have hired you, a representative of a world renowned "think tank", to create a tri-fold brochure in which you will analyze and "expose" the social/economical and economical responces of the British, French, and Spanish to the natives of North America prior to 1750.

 

I must include

-what the responses where.

-how the responces occurred (include dates of individual events)

-establish a time frame for each of the "conquerring groups" and shows the approximate dates in which responces occurred

-present the groups in chronological order of their contact with the indigenous people

-discribe the geographic area(s) in which each of the responses occured

I Have no idea where to start and the whole project is due tomorrow! Please give me everything you can. I dont even understand the question.

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shaddox5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the nations of Spain, France and England began to colonize the North American continent, distinct differences in how those countries chose to relate to the native population became obvious. 

For the French, the relationship with the Natives was one of convenience and opportunity. The areas settled by Frenchmen were without gold. In order to obtain wealth, the French invested in the fur trade. Beaver hats had become a fashion symbol in Europe and the demand for fur inspired French trappers to roam the woods of North America in search of animals.  New France was sparsely populated and there was a need among the French to rely on the expertise of the native population. As a result, the French were the most cooperative of all the Europeans when it came to dealing with Native Americans and had the best relations. 

Like the French, the Spanish chose to blend with the native population. It was not uncommon for Spanish explorers to marry Native American women. The Spanish treatment of the natives was much harsher than their French counterparts, however. The Spaniards enslaved, tortured and killed many of the native residents of the areas in which they colonized. The Spanish conquistadors were much less likely to demonstrate any of the sense of empathy that might have been seen from a lonely French trapper in Quebec.

The English were much more segregated in terms of relationships with Native Americans. Englishmen could be cooperative or harsh, depending on the circumstance and what was deemed necessary at the time. While there are certainly examples of the English working alongside natives, there are countless others where atrocities were committed in order to obtain resources at the expense of the native population.

Greed was a primary motivation for European nations to colonize North America. All of the nations involved were opportunistic and could be whatever they needed to be in order to complete their mission of dominance. All of the explorers brought with them diseases to which the natives had no immunity. Those diseases would have a devastating effect on the inhabitants of North America.

mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The French, British, and Spanish responded in various ways to the Native Americans they encountered in North America prior to 1750. The French had a good relationship with the Native Americans. They did not try to compete with them. They were involved in lucrative fur trading with the Native Americans. They were mostly friendly with them. They converted them to Christianity. They also married Native American women. The French and Native Americans had a good relationship for the most part.

The Spanish had a fair relationship with the Native Americans in North America. They tried to convert them to Christianity. However, the Native Americans continued to practice their own religious customs. Thus, some people thought the Native Americans were inferior to the Spanish. However, there were marriages between some of the Spanish and the Native Americans. The Spanish also traded with them. Unfortunately, many Native Americans died from diseases that the Spanish brought with them.

The British, for the most part, did not have a good relationship with the Native Americans. The British did not marry the Native Americans. The British often competed with the Native Americans. The Native Americans were very concerned that the British wanted to take their land and cut into the profitable fur trade. As a result, the Native Americans viewed most of the British suspiciously.

France, Great Britain, and Spain had different relationships with the Native Americans in North America prior to 1750.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The major responses were different for the French and Spanish than for the British.  The French and Spanish included the natives in their society.  They did this because there weren't that many settlers and they needed the Indians for labor and, in many cases, for wives.  By contrast, the British sent lots of settlers over.  They didn't need the Indians and so they were much more confrontational with them.  They drove them off land that they (the colonists) wanted and they killed them.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'd say they each responded by thinking of the way they could best exploit the Native Americans.  Some choice to trade with them, some chose to kill them.  They all were being manipulative and none had the Native Americans interests at heart.