Re: Survival of the Fittest

Nick Corduan (nickc@IQUEST.NET)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 16:02:13 -0500


> I feel that Nick has made a bit of a generalization here. Not all the
> Europeans tried to wipe out the American Indians. Some, like the Spanish,
> sought to convert them, and use their labor to help settle the frontier.

Hold on! <g>

I must admit that this is the first time I've ever been accused of being too
hard on the Europeans! <g>

And, actually, to be honest, I'm not sure what I could possibly have said
that you're mis-reading here. I did say that many or most of the attitudes
of the people who came over from Europe were jerky, yes, but I never indicted
them all. Some, like Padre Serra and William Penn, were admirable in their
treatment of American Indians, at least in contrast to the schmucks like
Cortes. And I'll also be the first to freely grant that the common
foot-soldier working for Cortes were probably not as driven as he was.

> In fact, what happened, was that the two groups intermarried, and the mestizo
> culture that arose from the mixture did quite well on the frontier. We have

Mestizo culture is unfathomaly important in the United States and more so in
Latin America, but it does not get its due in most culutral studies . . .

> more material. The Apaches are regarded as a group that was quite successful
> up through the early 20th century.

If your point is to say that I was generalzing by saying that the Europeans
conquered all the American Indians, you're right, I was -- but, then again,
look at your own sentence. *Up through the early 20th Century.*

Hmm.... <BG>


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington