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As a Cherokee explained in the eighteenth century, “We cannot live without war. ” Over the centuries, the native North Americans had adapted to the necessity of warfare, changing climate, and varying environments. They would also do so in the face of the unprecedented changes wrought by the arrival of Europeans. In the process of changing and adapting to new realities in accordance with their own traditions, the Indians played a significant role in shaping America and the origins of the United States.

The ancient Indians adapted to the new environments by developing nature-centered religions, mastering the use of fire, improving technology such as spear points, inventing fiber snares and basketry, as well as mills for grinding nuts, and domesticating the dog and the turkey. A new cultural stage arrived with the introduction of farming, fishing, and pottery making. Hunters focused on faster, more elusive mammals: deer, antelope, elk, moose, and caribou. , Indians of Mexico were generating an “agricultural revolution” by growing the plant foods that would become the staples of the hemisphere: chiefly maize (corn), beans, and squash but also chili peppers, avocados, and pumpkins.

The crusading conquistadores transferred to America a socioeconomic system known as the encomienda, whereby favored officers became privileged landowners who controlled Indian villages. As encomenderos, they were called upon to protect and care for the villages and support missionary priests. In turn, they could require the Indians to provide them with goods and labor. Spanish America therefore developed from the start a society of extremes: wealthy conquistadores and encomenderos at one end of the spectrum and indigenous peoples held in poverty at the other end.

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