Crash Course: US History

Oct 8, 2023 | History, Videos

The history of America before European contact is one that deeply resonates with Native American tribes, and the Spanish have a turbulent history with these people. As the English moved into America, they had very different goals than the Spanish – many of them were hoping to make a profit in Virginia, while Maryland was designed as a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, Pilgrims and Puritans flocked to America in search of religious freedom, free from persecution.

Captain John Smith made significant strides at Jamestown with local tribes; however this did not last and war with native peoples ensued, leading to many being pushed further west. Similarly, when New Amsterdam eventually changed its name to New York due to English preference for it so, Dutch liberties such as allowing women fair treatment and permitting free black people hold jobs were lost.

This complex past between Native Americans and European settlers is something that everyone should learn more about. To get an even deeper insight into this important moment in American history, we recommend watching the documentary “John Talks About Native Americans”. This film focuses on Captain John Smith’s experiences at Jamestown as well as long-term effects of colonisation on Indigenous people living in what is now known as USA. It encourages viewers to consider how cultures are shaped by forces both inside and outside of themselves and really gets you thinking about the impact colonisation has had on native communities today. Get ready for an eye-opening journey into America’s past!

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