From Colonial Encounters to the Articles of Confederation
This chapter examines the early contact between European settlers and the Native American Indian tribes, and how these encounters played a role in establishing the foundation and early development of Indian law and sovereignty. It enumerates the general legal and policy rationales that brought the Europeans into North America in the first place: papal edict, first discovery, sustained possession, voluntary self-subjection of native people, and armed conquest. It discusses the role of commerce and trade in colonization. It also compares the idea of ownership between the two communities and how this led to conflict. Additionally, the chapter describes how the Articles of Confederation of the colonies further strained relations with the tribes.
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