Estimates of the native population on the pre-Columbian North American continent vary wildly, but the best educated guess is about 6 million. So imagine the current population of Washington State spread out all over the entirety of America and Canada. Is that really enough people to say “This continent is our property”? That’s like one family claiming to own Vermont. It’s absurd.
The Indians had roughly 6,000 years on their own and all they had to show for it was a meager population because their infant mortality rate was sky-high.
6,000 years and their greatest technological development was the woven basket.
By 1492, it was way past time someone used the continent for a civilization that could actually accomplish something.
RKae, Moonbattery 32 Comments
[10/11/2012 8:36:17 AM]
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Submitted By: Rabbit of Caerbannog
Someone failed history.
10/13/2012 2:53:24 AM
The Native American civilizations were actually very advanced peoples. I remember reading that the Aztecs had trade routes that extended all the way up to modern-day Illinois.
10/13/2012 2:11:42 PM
Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated the pre-Columbian population at about 10 million; by the end of the 20th century the scholarly consensus had shifted to about 50 million, with some arguing for 100 million or more.
Alan Taylor (2002). American colonies; Volume 1 of The Penguin history of the United States, History of the United States Series. http://books.google.com/books?id=NPoAQRgkrOcC&pg=PA40&dq=pre-Columbian+population+million&cd=6#v=onepage&q=pre-Columbian%20population%20million&f=false
10/16/2012 6:43:22 PM
Shall I look up the European infant mortality rate for the early Renaissance? I don't know it off the top of my head, but I don't need to to know it was high. If you're going to denigrate another group of people on that score, look inwards first.
10/20/2012 6:37:10 AM
It was THEIR land. Whether you like it or not.
10/29/2012 10:35:23 AM
Lapland has one of the lowest population densities in the world, along with Patagonia. Should we invade them?
10/29/2012 10:45:56 AM
I know it is going to be very hard for you to understand but the Native Americans had no concept of property.
We could have done things differently and our relations with many of the tribes would have been enormously different.
We definitely could have done without Andrew Jackson and people like him.
11/1/2012 3:33:35 AM