The Algonquian Indians and the Settlers Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion of the conflict and amity of the Algonquian Indians with the incoming settlers.
# 146110 | 1,191 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper describes the displacement and loss that characterized the relationship between the Natives and the settlers, but points out how the Delaware tribe and other Algonquian Indians had harmonious relationships with the settlers. The paper also discusses the spread of disease among Native Americans that drastically reduced their resistance and notes the settlers' insistence on converting the Natives to Christianity. The paper therefore concludes that there was amity between the new settlers and the Algonquians at times, but for the most part, the relationship was less than harmonious due to the continued demands of the settlers.

From the Paper:

"It is important to remember there are many different tribes of Native Americans considered Algonquian because of the language they speak. One of these tribes that had very early interactions with European explorers and settlers is the Delaware tribe. Because they lived on the coast, they met some of the early European explorers and interacted with them. They also met the first settlers in the area, and interacted with them as well. Author Bragdon continues, "Because of their long interaction with Europeans, large and scattered populations, and linguistic skills, the Delaware often functioned as diplomats, negotiators, and translators between Indians and colonists" (Bragdon 121). Their relationship with the settlers was largely harmonious, although the settlers displaced them, like the rest of the Native Americans, from their historic tribal lands as settlers moved westward."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bragdon, Kathleen J. The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
  • Editors. "The Algonquians." 2009. 26 Feb. 2009.<>.
  • Hatfield, April Lee. "Spanish Colonization Literature, Powhatan Geographies and English Perceptions of Tsenacommacah/Virginia." Journal of Southern History 69.2 (2003): 245+.
  • Jalalzai, Zubeda. "Race and the Puritan Body Politic." MELUS 29.3-4 (2004): 259+.
  • Middleton, Richard. "Pontiac: Local Warrior or Pan-Indian Leader?" Michigan Historical Review 32.2 (2006): 1+.

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