Diversity Among The Ages
Diversity has caused problems ever since the first Europeans landed in the West Indies and up in till present day. Every Meeting between different races, different cultures, and different skin colors has made people see diversity among each other.
Diversity has caused people to kill, to conquer, and to destroy. The fact that diversity is apart of the United States of America has made this country as great as it is today.
Diversity in America started in 1492 between the newly arriving Spaniards and the native Americans. When the natives saw these towering men they thought of them as gods for they had light skin and thundering beast called Horses. But the Europeans didn’t not think of these people as threats because they had no advance weapons or technologies. From the Movie we watched called “1492” we saw what it was like for the Native Americans. They were made slaves and had to give all their gold to the Spaniards. The diversity of the white man thriving for gold and the natives in no need of gold and of the diversity of the whites being immune to diseases that the Indians were not immune to. This caused a great problem for the Indians because they had gold the Spaniards wanted and they were not immune to deadly diseases such as small pox and syphilis. Because of the diversity between these two different cultures one cause death and annihilation for one side and wealth and land for another.
This diversity between Europeans and native Indians also continued into the colonial times, but it also include a group of people that did not want to come to the ‘New World ‘. Africans. One of the major problems of this time was the taking of Indian land over and over again. With the more people migrating every year, there was a need for more land. But the people who own this land were the Indians. The Indians were peaceful with the whites as long as they both had enough room to live but when that became a problem the men fought each other killing and driving back the natives. In the book it says between 1600 and 1675 the total number of native Americans dropped form 70,000 to less than 12,000, and a chief clearly described what occurred in the years since the land was colonized by the Europeans (in short)” Our father had plenty of deer and plenty of turkeys to fill the woods before the white man came, now the trees are cut, the grass is gone, and the animals have been killed.... we will starve.” The enslavement of the Africans and the bringing them to the new world by the boat load was so horrific it caused many of the black slaves to jump off the boat to drowned rather than face years of torment. By 1750’s over 40% of the population of Virginia were enslaved blacks. The blacks were more accustomed to a totally different way of life, a way of life that was of the safaris of Africa with little technological advances. The white man thought of the blacks as less the man and not civilized. Also among the colonies people were diversified by the religion they practiced such of examples are Puritans, Protestants and Catholics. Charles II gave William Penn land to. He turned the land into a “Religious Experiment”. In which people from all over the world flock to live the ion religious freedom. The major religious belief was mostly Quakers in what is Now Pennsylvania. Some religions believed in strict belief in the bible others, and some separated off an believed in more of a family community. One example of the church is a large part of the community is the Salem witch trials in which we saw a movie and read a paper on it. The Salem witch trials came about because of a women who was convicted of being a witch when she was about to be burned she said that there was more of here kind out there and that they were every where. Well this caused a panic, which people started accusing everyone else to be a witch and then when it finally came around and it got back to the reverend that started the witch-hunts. His daughter was accused of being a witch, he then stopped the whole witch-hunt to save his daughter saying that all the witch was gone and his daughter was not a witch. I think this is a good example of the different religious beliefs and how deep religion meant to the colonies.
There was also diversity later in American history during the time of the Revolutionary War. The differences between the colonies, and Britain caused war, unsettled arguments and land disputes. The British Empire knew by this time in 1763 that America was slipping away from them. So they set out the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited anyone to settle west of the Appalachians. This became a major conflict between the colonies and Great Britain because if they moved westward it would be vary hard to keep them under British control. The colonist felt not sorrow but anger towards this law because they felt that they had died for this land and it was not right for Britain to stop them from claiming the land as their own. Also they were not represented in parliament so that they could not help chose what laws were passed against them. Because of Britain being in a war with the French it became very costly, so they decided to tax the colony to make up for the debt. Such taxes as the stamp act, Townsend act, and the tea act caused great upheaval because they thought it was unfair to them as stated in this famous quote “ no taxation without representation”. So then started beginning of separation from Britain with the formation of the first continental congress. There was also diversity shown in this forum with the radicals and the moderates. The moderates wanted fast and quick defiance from Britain and the moderates wanted gradual change through compromise with Britain. Well the continental congress voted on list of resolves, which called for Britain to end the intolerable acts and rejected the raising of money by taxing. This started the Revolutionary war. During the war there were people who were loyal still to the crown and fought for them in America. This diversity among even the most common of people could of split up families and caused killings for being loyal to the royal crown.