Prompt:Evaluate the extent to which indigenous peoples’ reactions to state expansion differed during the period 1750-1900.
During this time period of c. 1700-1900, there were many continuities and breaks which shows the indecisive types of states in this time period and how not everyone will agree on one offer and some will result in enemies. Although the indigenous people sometimes did want to come together and try to make one with the Americas because they believed they had similarities in their enemies like china and japan, they had differences in religion which was very important in this time period. Therefore the indigenous peoples reactions to offers of state expansions were negative and resulted in fights.
The indigenous people were not all the same and as a result had different responses to the opportunity given to them for state expansion. Document 1 is an example of the more than half indigenous people who are on the negative reaction and how they believe that they are their own people and do not want anyone else beliefs or ideas but their own. This document source effects the relevance by showing that the leader is making my point stand out more by showing that the source is only the leader of Ashanti, there are probably people who want to merge with others but the source tells us that it was not discussed there for show people are having differences in the opinions on what to do with the offers given to them. Document 3 indicates the negative effect that ever offering connectivity was taken in offense to some people and resulted in negative ways like new enemies or even wars between states. The historical situation based on the source shows that this offer to state expansion wasn’t positive and is shown that Adowa was offended with the offer of expansion and took it as offence. Although around this time period nationalism was growing and influenced independent movement, it also influenced and sparked rebellions and want in domination. The indigenous people were feeling this way about colonization because they felt their religion and beliefs were important and needed to be representing their ideas.(not specific but is this the idea of analysis?)
Even some of the reactions to expansion were a negative one, even without taking offence or getting physical. In document 4 the Hawaiian are politely declining the expansion and peacefully speaking on what is theirs and they feel threatened by them suggesting to take away what is in their law. The source of document 4 is a huge indication that there were all different types of indeginous people that did not react in positives, if you notice that this source was written in a letter which may have been seen as a peaceful decline, as other documents were proclamations by their armies. This kind of observation can show us that the indigenous peoples reactions were not all negative to an extent, but all the answers lead to one response, the indigenous people did not, for the most part want to expand their states with the Americas. In this time period there were actually many different types of ways to communicate with other states like railroads, national post systems, and even telephone to the fact the way that each group of indigenous people chose to get the point and answer to the Americans can show alot on what their true responses were and shows if they took it in a offence or as a offer they are politely declining.