Voices from the Shore
Our history texts tell us much about Europeans’ first impressions of America and American Indians. From Christopher Columbus’s first meeting with native people in the Caribbean, European travelers penned descriptions of the land and peoples they encountered. But Europeans knew little of what had happened in North America before they arrived, and they often cared even less, dismissing thousands of years of history as a static prelude to European colonization.
KeywordsIndian People White Skin Indian Tribe White Feather Eastern Woodland
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