One of the primary threads here at RJsCorner is my InSearchOfAmerica posts. That is where I travel around this great country to find stories and take pictures. The majority of this search has been about our early days as a nation. I recently realized that I am omitting a large part of this search for America’s roots. It actually occurred centuries before the European conquest of America. If I want to discover the real America I have to begin there.
When we read our history books we can easily come to the conclusion that when Christopher Columbus came to America’s shore it was a desolate place just waiting to be conquered. Since history is written by the victors that view was what was taught. But in reality, there were already millions of people calling this land home. Here are some words to realize that history:
Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated that the pre-Columbian population was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th century most scholars gravitated to a middle estimate of around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate of 100 million or more
Source: Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas – Wikipedia
History books give us a several different view on this fact. The prominent recorded view was that native-Americans were not really human because they did not pray to the right god. Others basically said the “indigenous” people, were not real people but savages. We are now finally beginning to understand the utter fallacy of those words.
Getting back to the topic at hand, we know that there were, as shown in the picture above, thriving population centers throughout what we now call America. Many had very sophisticated forms of government and rules for society. And yes, many had deities quite similar to the one Europeans brought with them. What they didn’t have were the weapons to withstand the onslaught that followed.
Since I am about one-eighth Shawnee I am embarrassed that it took until now to recognize these facts. In reality, America was not discovered in the 15th century but instead invaded.
I need to do some future posts about this. Shame on me for not doing them sooner.
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Interesting… I think I am part Cherokee. Just did DNA test. Maybe I will find out. I have terrible insomnia. What’s your excuse for being awake and posting in the wee hours? 🙂
Good morning Judy, yeah I want to a DNA test sometime to verify my native American heritage too. I was just told by my grandfather many years ago that his mother was a Shawnee squaw. On the wee hours posts, I use WordPress as my provider and they let you set a post date in the future. Most of my posts are scheduled at least a week in advance and I edit them through that period. I have about 40 items in my “draft” pool of which about half will make it to a post.
Totally agree. Go for it. I think, from my reading, what you will find is that much of the treatment of the indigenous people was a “land and resource grab” justified by them not being real people. Just our version of European colonization. It is our apartheid. This country has a dark and ugly history that we refuse to confront.
I normally get about 8 hours sleep a night, restless sleep but sleep…
Hi Bob, I am pretty familiar with the conquest of native-Americans and the justification for it but what I need to investigate more is the pre-Columbian period. I have been to Mesa Verde in Colorado several times now and a couple of years ago I visited an Albuquerque Navaho museum but that is about it. I have a book showing hundreds of other sites in the country. It’s about time visited more of them.
Ok got it.
Come on up by my area (Fisherville – as Noblesville and Fishers have pretty much grown together) to Strawtown where there are indigenous people remains. Strawtown Koteewi Park, 12308 Strawtown Ave, Noblesville, IN 46060
It’s pretty new and small. A stop on your way to somewhere else maybe.
Not been there but might be interesting with a local Indiana interest.