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Old 06-13-2000, 10:08 AM   #8
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Just a few historical tidbits- Spanish and English colonists and governments DID attempt to enslave the native population. Columbus was the first example of enslaving natives. It didn't work out well because the natives were prone to European illnesses. In addition, native people could escape easier than Africans (what were Africans supposed to do- backstroke home across the Atlntic?). Therefore, enslaved Africans were used.

Some Spanish Catholic missionaries attempted to stop the enslavement of Indians, and the Spanish government eventually stopped the practice, although "slavery in disquise" still occurred under the encomienda system (basically a return to the medieval peasant/serf-lord relationship of possessing the people that live on the "lord's land.").

If we want to take this a step further, some tribes were pretty much forced by the American government to go against other tribes- some would consider this slavery as well. Many of these folks had little choice but to give in to the American government. Pawnees were used against the Lakota, as were the Crow, and others. During the "Minnesota War" of the early 1860s, Ihanktonwan men were used as scouts against their own eastern relatives. Many Ihanktonwan believed it would go against the 1858 Treaty arranged by Struck by the Ree and the U.S. if they aided their eastern brethren and didn't aid the Americans.

Slavery or coercion or strong-arming? Words have multiple meanings to different people.

Just another perspective . . .
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