An alternative and unorthodox view of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is offered in this concise history. Eurocentric studies of the conquest of the Americas present colonization as a civilizing force for good, and the native populations as primitive or worse. Colonization is seen as a mutually beneficial process, in which "civilization” was brought to the natives who in return shared their land and cultures. The opposing historical camp views colonization as a form of genocide in which the native populations were passive victims overwhelmed by European military power. In this fresh examination, an activist and historian of native descent argues that the colonial powers met resistance from the indigenous inhabitants and that these confrontations shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This account encompasses North and South America, the development of nation-states, and the resurgence of indigenous resistance in the post-World War II era.
About the author
Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka`wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He is also descended from Scottish and Tlingit great grandparents. Since 1990, Gord has been involved in the Indigenous people's movement, including solidarity with the 1990 Oka Crisis, the 1992 500 Years of Resistance campaign, solidarity with the 1994 New Year's Zapatista Uprising, the 1995 Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash standoffs, the Native Youth Movement (including the 1997-98 occupations of the BC Treaty Commission offices), the 1999 anti-WTO protests, the Cheam fisheries dispute (1999), the 2001 Summit of the Americas riots, the Skwelkwek`welt campaign (Sun Peaks, 2003-06), and most recently the anti-2010 Olympics campaign. He lives in Vancouver.
Other titles by Gord Hill
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book
Revised and Expanded
The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book: Revised and Expanded
Revised and Expanded
Direct Action Gets the Goods
A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada
The Antifa Comic Book
100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements
The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book
From the WTO to the G20