In this thread, I would like to address the issue of Native American historical grievances and resentment about the settlement of the North American continent by “white outsiders.”
Disclaimer: I am not Native American. (For the matter, I’m not white, either.)
While I am sympathetic to the resentment felt by Native Americans over their repeated betrayal at the hands of white settlers and having their land taken away from them, I would like to argue that it was unrealistic to expect that the North American continent would always belong to the Native Americans and Native Americans only. The 1600s-1700s were a time of global travel and discovery and exploration. You could not expect that North America wouldn’t be “discovered” by Europeans or someone else at some point.
At some point - be it the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s or whenever - it was bound to happen. Big seafaring ships were being built, eventually airplanes as well. There was no way people weren’t going to end up migrating to North America. One way or another it was going to happen. And not just the eastern seaboard of America, but all of North America.
I would also like to argue the utilitarian side of things and state that even if the Native Americans had kept all of North America to themselves all along; it wouldn’t be a good thing. With the staggering rise in the world’s population, technology, etc., an immense space like North America was of value to many people. If North America had always remained only in Native American hands, I don’t think the continent would have achieved potential the way it has today.