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Christopher Columbus attempt to find a quick route to Asia resulted in a failure of epic proportions: Columbus failed to find Asia and, instead, began one of the longest and most prolific examples of cultural repression in history. Columbus, along with those who followed him to the ‘New World’ brought with them a fundamental belief in cultural superiority that defined the European invasion and infestation. These attitudes had a significant and long-term impact on the native cultures and provided the Europeans with justification for the position of power of which they grabbed hold. The Europeans, however, owe the Native Americans a great debt of gratitude: without the Native Americans, Europeans would have either starved or left for lack of purpose and would not have developed any sort of economy – particularly one predicated in the contributions of their inferiors.
The attempt to homogenize Native Americans as a single people or culture is severely misguided. “At the time of their first contacts with Europeans at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the inhabitants of the Wester…