Cultural Encounters

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Cultural encounters played a highly influential role in the development of history, contributing to the many great rapid changes of countries and the rate of these transformations. During the 16th and 17th centuries, expeditions to the Americas and Asia reached to their apex and there was an increasing number of encounters between the Europeans and the newly discovered peoples. These explorers traveled for different purposes, mostly to seek for wealth and power, to establish trades and to spread their religions and beliefs. A lot of these encounters did not turn out in a friendly way as people expected. Difference in beliefs, misunderstandings, and avarice all contributed to the many conflicts that occurred during the encounters, at some... View More »

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’ The emperor then made an effort to suppress the religion. Finally numerous loyal samurais of the shoguns started a massacre and the missionaries were driven out of the land.
Another significant factor that also contributed to the occurrence of conflicts is mutual misunderstandings. One example would be the Black Robe-Algonquians encounter. A priest was showing the native Indians a new way of communication. He wrote some words in a book and let one of his fellows read it. Having never seen words before, the Algonquians were amazed that these mysterious ‘symbols’ were understandable among the white people. They at once drew the conclusion that creating these symbols was demon’s act and started a discussion among themselves. An important figure in the natives’ ceremonies and rituals firmly identified the Black Robe as a demon and persuaded the others that they must get rid of him, leading to their attempt to chase him out of the land. Another conflict in the Americas took place when the Dutch and English arrived in New England. The English demanded to the Pequots an account of the murder of Captain Stone. The Pequots refused to be responsible for the murder, claiming that their actions were justified, as the English had also killed one of their people. The truth was that the murder was done by a Dutch, and after the English clarified that with the Pequots, they stated that they distinguished not between the Dutch and English. In this case, the Pequots had made a mistake of taking the Dutch and English as one nation due to the similarity of their skin color and behaviors. ...

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