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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

I've read that about 130M native Americans were killed by white men. Would that be considered as a genocide?

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  • Gedia
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Just read history to find out how many were slaughtered by the Catholic poope, he they were supposed to be the good buggars.

  • 1 month ago

    No. The vast majority died of diseases brought by Europeans, that they were immune to, but, the natives weren't.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    And where did you "read" this, darling?

    Do, please, cite a source.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No. Not really. Most of them got sick and died. Anyway, quite a few of them were headhunters and things.

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  • 1 month ago

    Absolutely genocide, done against the Amerindians by the European colonialists. About 95% of all the Amerindians, including those in S. American, were killed off one way of the other.

    "Indigenous people north and south were displaced, died of disease, and were killed by Europeans through slavery, rape, and war. In 1491, about 145 million people lived in the western hemisphere. By 1691, the population of indigenous Americans had declined by 90-95 percent, or by around 130 million people. " [Wiki]

  • 1 month ago

    No one puts the population at 130 million, not even in the entire Western Hemisphere. And genocide is too cruel a word - it implies deliberate extermination, when in fact most of the dying happened from diseases like measles and smallpox. It's true that there is some evidence that one British general gave away blankets that had been used on smallpox victims in the belief that this would cause Indians to get smallpox. They did get smallpox, but what is more likely is they got it from the people handing out the blankets, and not the blankets, as smallpox is spread by droplets. At any rate, that was one episode in hundreds of years of contact. There was plenty of killing by warfare, but we have to remember that sometimes Indians helped Europeans kill other Indians, due to endemic tribal warfare. There are many sad truths about the entire history; one of the saddest is that Indians just couldn't cope with rapidly evolving European technology (ant the explosive population growth fed by unrestricted immigration).

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There were people like General Custer who wanted to wipe the Native Indians out. I doubt a 130 million died but likely several million were killed either by ruthless white men or white man's diseases.

  • 1 month ago

    Attempted genocide, yes.

  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    We keep hearing about all the "Native Americans" who were killed by "white men", but we never hear about all the white settlers who were killed by "Native Americans". Why is that?

  • 1 month ago

    Yes it was and yes it should be.

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