Explain how the arrival of European explorers and settlers impacted Indigenous people.
Book: The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz pp. 7 – 14
How did the arrival of European explorers and settlers impact Indigenous people?
What happened when the Spanish men arrived? What did the Spanish men want? How did they affect the People?
What happened when the English, French, and Dutch men arrived? What did they want? How did they affect the People?
How did the People defend themselves from the European men?
How long did the People fight to defend their land?
the act or process of destroying something
describes someone not paying careful attention
done with physical force
very bad or unpleasant
to have a specific goal or purpose
able to support the growth of many plants
of or relating to a colony
We use the words European explorers and settlers to identify the groups of people who were involved in the often violent removal of Indigenous people from their land. Since all texts refer to wide spans of time in which land was violently taken, we often bucket the European explorers and westward settlers together. We acknowledge that the words "explorers" and "settlers" do not adequately capture the horrors both groups of people imposed on the Indigenous People. In later grades and units, students will learn in more depth about the true horrors the Indigenous People faced at the hands of the Europeans and settlers.