Almost from the time the first colonists arrived in North America, their relationships with the native people were troubled. The Indians believed that the Earth gave them everything they needed and couldn’t be bought or sold. Because of this philosophy, most tribes didn’t develop permanent settlements or believe they owned the land.
Europeans, on the other hand, embraced the concept of land ownership and quickly staked their claims. Their weapons and horses offered a significant advantage over the Indians’ defenses. The Europeans brought diseases, such as smallpox, which devastated Indian tribes. Indians fought back when the Europeans took their lands, but every tribe was eventually defeated. Some tribes were completely destroyed!
Questions and Answers
Question: Where do the remaining Indian tribes live now?
Answer: Most Native Americans today live on reservations, which are lands set apart by the federal government for their use. Unfortunately, most of this land is of poor quality, in remote areas, or subject to fierce weather conditions.
Visit The Seminole Tribe of Florida to learn more about the brave, proud Seminoles.
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