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What was the impression(s) that the Native Americans formed of the Europeans? Chapter 1, First Encounters: The Confrontation Between Cortes and... |

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At first the Native Americans thought the Europeans were welcomed guests.  Soon however the Natives realized that they were intruders meant to take their land and resources.  The Europeans infected the natives with disease.  Hundreds of thousands of natives died as a result of these diseases.  The Europeans and Natives in almost every encounter started out as friends but ended up enemies.

In short, the Natives didn't understand the Europeans.  They learned of Christianity, and the lessons that go with the religion.  But they didn't understand the people, that on one hand spoke of love, while the other hand was raping, murdering natives and stealing their land.

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