Why are native americans called indians (with pictures) gas 91

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The term Indians as applied to Native Americans, or the indigenous peoples of the Americas, is thought to have originated in a misconception on the part of the Europeans who arrived in Central America in 1492. Since Christopher Columbus began his journey to America with the intent of finding an alternate route to Southeast Asia, he is said to have assumed that the people he came into contact with upon reaching land were Indians. Despite the fact that people probably realized this mistake within hours, the name remained in use. Similarly, the islands in Central America came to be called the "West Indies", as opposed to the "East Indies" that Columbus originally had in mind as his destination.

In the 1970s, the academic world began promoting the term Native Americans as a politically correct alternative to Indians. Some people feel that Native Americans is more accurate and less stigmatizing. However, Native Americans also has some issues, as anyone born in the Americas, indigenous or not, could be considered "Native American" if the term is taken literally. "Indigenous peoples of the Americas" is the most accurate term, but too cumbersome to be used regularly in everyday speech. Native Americans caught on to some degree, especially in the media, but the term Indians is still widely used.

It was only because of fortune that these so called "original inhabitants" were first and that they didn’t have to deal with the ugliness of war. That’s one of the cool things about being the first in many things, but it’s certainly not a good argument.

I suppose you think if the so called "original inhabitants" had found people here and all the other lands had been populated by warmongers, they’d just turn around after having traveled many miles across harsh lands and waters that swallowed up their brothers and sisters along the way?

I suppose you think that the original people of the land were vegetarians in a paradise and had nothing to worry about. The snakes didn’t bite. The crocodiles weren’t a threat. You’d smile at the bears and shake hands to claws. The cougars would just walk right over you while you were sleeping and you would see the cougar above you and you’d just turn the other way and listen to the pitter-patter of the rain. Zzzz.

No, the original inhabitants waged war on the land. To survive they created weapons of war to defend themselves against the infighting that happened when disagreements abounded and the warmongering animals that surrounded them and they killed and ate those warriors, "god’s" living creatures, animals that were just trying to live in a paradise of their own.

Were you a leader surrounded by oppressive warmongers at home, I suppose you would turn your people around after having found a different land of a different type of people indigenous to the land, but not as capable in war. Your "original inhabitants" probably wouldn’t have survived the long trek back home.

Murder, rape and other ills of war thrive in the dangerous minds of many men, women and animals of many cultures and locations. I personally am against war! I despise war! But I wonder what would I do if I were presented with war threatening my family and the only choice I have for survival is the law of the wild. Kill or be killed?

Just like there was a race to the moon between some of the countries like US and USSR a few decades back, there started a race between the countries like France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands etc to find short sea routes to India. The only searoute known during those days from Europe to India was coming down the south of Africa and making a turn and heading straight for the Indian West Coast. The turn at South tip of Africa is hence named the Cape of good hope. This is because the seafarers were taking that voyage with a lot of good hopes and aspirations.

During these days the concept that earth is round was not really very popular. However, some believed that it may be the case that as per some scientists of those days Earth may be actually spherical in shape. One who wanted to believe this was a Spaniard called Columbus. The popular theory those days were that the sea comes to an end if you go Westward from Europe and fall down from Earth as if Earth is like a Table or something.

Columbus tried to convince the Spanish king that they need to find a shorter route to India as soon as possible or else will lose out the advantage with other European countries who according to him are trying to find really shorter sea routes to India. According to Columbus there was no known land Westward of India. So he felt it may occur that India maybe really near if you go Westward and you may touch the East Coast of India. The king wasn’t very happy about funding his project of trying to go westward from Europe and try to find a shorter route. So he permitted him to take some prisoners with him instead of seasoned sailors. As prisoner were anyway a waste of Public funds according to the king. So he risked the ship and few prisoners for his project.

Columbus travelled many days Westward from Spain but did not find land for many days and the prisoners he had taken as his sailors feared soon they would reach the end of Earth and fall from there. So they revolted and took charge of the ship. However they decided they would travel 3 (not very sure) more days and return back. But on the second day or so they found a wooden log floating in the ocean which suggested there is land nearby and they traveled a day more and started seeing land. They landed there and saw the people there. The people did not look exactly like what they thought Indians should look like. They found them a bit reddish in color. So they called them red Indians. Excited to tell the tale of finding a new route to India back in Spain within few days they traveled back to Spain and said, we saw red Indians. The name Indians formed like this for Native Americans.

Later a traveler called Amerigo Vespucci took a similar route and came to the Americas and he realized that it is not India but some other place and he reported this to the world(those days world means just Asia and Europe). Ever since those lands (American continent) started being called the Americas.