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I have been taking a course on US history and we were reading about Native Americans and the takeover of the Americas by Europeans. We were given verified sources from people involved in first contact with them such as Christopher Columbus, missionaries, and other sailors. One of the first things that Christopher Columbus noted about them was their generosity and how he could take advantage of that by gaining materials from them. The Europeans at this time justified it by calling them "savages" and referenced the sacrifices done by them. Thoughts?

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Of course it isn't justified, it was just land grabbing.

Although begrudgingly, if it were't for the Europeans' colonising activities, most of the world would have taken centuries to get to where we are today.

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Of course it isn't justified, it was just land grabbing.

Agreed.

In the Gallic Wars, too, Caesar invaded territories populated by putative savages performing human sacrifices, portraying the Celts as less civilized than they really were. Though it is not strictly comparable; the reasons for the invasions differed, and Romans and Celts already knew of each other well before Caesar. And to be fair, the Romans did a better job of assimilating the conquered cultures than the European colonists did, as far as I know.
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Just like any other genocide it isn't justifed and can't be justified. It's a classic example that the price of wealth is worth more than price of a human life.

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