JUSTIN asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Were native Americans committing genocide against each other before the white man arrived?

Were native Americans killing each other before white Europeans  arrived? Who were the first white men to arrive in North America?

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  • 1 month ago

    Genocide means eradication or planned eradication of an entire nation, ethnic group or country. I know that Native American tribes were at war among themselves... but I never heard them escalating to genocide.

  • 2 months ago

    Gold Rush by non-natives !

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, some even enslaving, and the Miami confederation, exterminating the Illini confederation at the siege of Starved Rock.

  • 2 months ago

    Please note that killing your enemies in battle is not "genocide".

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  • TB12
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I offer you the Crow Creek Massacre,,, which occurred about two hundred years before Europeans arrived in N. America.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow_Creek_massacre

  • 2 months ago

    I think you need to look up the definition of "genocide".

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Of course. As a rule native American did not commit genocide (which is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.Words mean things) but they fought wars and happily killed each other long before any white men arrived. The first recorded white men to arrive in North America were Norse explorers led Leif Erikson around the year 1000.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There is a difference between fighting and killing each other and committing genocide.

    If you need that explaining to you anything more complex is just going to go way over your head.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No, they were not 'committing genocide' - they were fighting. So was the rest of the world.

  • 2 months ago

    Of course there were wars in North America , just as there were wars in Europe.  Christopher Columbus generally gets credit for the first expedition to reach North America, although there is a fair amount of evidence that Vikings were here much earlier

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