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 The first European explorers encountered established settlements everywhere along the coast of America. This 1st contact between European civilization and native cultures took very different forms in various meetings, but all were previews of a larger and more explosive trend that was to drive the natives back from the shores. The European explorers became settlers, soldiers, farmers, governors, and eventually bureaucrats who placed the natives on reservations and developed an entirely new civilization in the Americas.

By G Scott staff writter,  2012 - Canadahistory.com - section:eras, subsection 2 Worlds Meet




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