Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Native Americans Settlement

"Colonial Pennsylvania was a cosmopolitan home to Enlgish, Welsh, Scots-Irish, Germans, French Hugenots, Jews, Dutch and Africans, who colonised the colonised the state amid the Native American population of Lenni Lenage, Shawnee and other tribes. Germans put down roots in the central part of the state; Scots-Irish struggled on the frontier. Most Africans initially arrived as slaves, eventually creatingfree bnlack communities in the C18th after emancipation.

European immigrants to America usually settled in regions according to ethnic and religous affiliations. Ethinicity, language, denominational membership, and kinship all played apart in settlement. Travellers of the same regions and there country of origin often joined together on the journey or settled near relatives or friends.

The first noticable element of this source is the use of the technique of listing, by listing various points the source higlights whats important. First of all is the description of which nationalities settled into America "a cosmopolitan home to English, Welsh, Scots Irish, Swedes, Germans ect" . The reader immediatly picks up on the wide variety of Nationality's through the long list of origins,initially british based, then extending to other areas of Europe. This mix of cultures is why America can sometimes be derogativaly reffered to as the global melting pot of cultures. This eurocentric theme of settlement is challenged by the introduction of Africans, the source informs how afro-american settlement developed from them being introduced as slaves to their modern day fight for freedom.

This source is pro settlement due to the attention paid in the second paragraph to the postive aspects of settlement, the employment of words such as membership and kinship distinguish this positive view. In contrast to the attention paid towards the newcomers, there is very little next to nothing mentioned of the Native americans, just one name of a tribe and there isno mention of the Native plight here. Words which remain with America today all point towards the ideal of unification, leading to the United States Of America. That said the source is not unrealistic in the fact that it also draws attention to the struggle for colonization that ensued between the europeans, over geographical points "the germans put down roots in the center, while the scots irish struggled on the frontier". This two sided opinion makes the source a useful peice of information when analyzing the colonization of Penslyvania.

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