Thinking About Identity

Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings

Thinking About Identity

People of the 1600s tended to think of themselves as English, French, or Spanish; Akan, Ndongo, or Mande; Hopi, Pamunkey, or Wendat.  Europeans often distinguished between Christians and non-Christians, and they often referred to Native people as "heathens" or "savages."  Yet, only over several generations did people come to see each other primarily through the prism of race.