Were the Spaniards the first Europeans to introduce firearms to the New World?
Yes, Columbus had several firearms (arquebus and small cannon) with his company in 1492. The conquest of Mexico and Peru (1519 and 1527 respectively) saw limited use of these weapons against the Aztecs and the Incas. More effective, and terrifying the native populations even more were the large horses the Spaniards brought with them. Cavalry, lance, the broad sword and crossbow were far deadlier than the primitive and clumsy firearms of the time.
The Native Americans actually did give the Europeans a few diseases however they are debatable. One of the diseases that Europeans contracted on their way to the New World and at the new world was typhus. Another disease that affected the people coming to the New World was syphilis, now see this is the debatable disease because many believe that It was contracted by Hispaniola but it could still be considered something that was given…
The Spaniards were the first Europeans to use African slaves in the New World on islands such as Cuba and Hispaniola, where the native population starved themselves rather than work for the Spanish. Although the natives were used as forced labor, the spread of disease caused a shortage of labor, and so the Spanish colonists gradually became involved in the Atlantic slave trade.
Total Europeans Deaths during WWI Ten million Europeans died on the battlefield and Twenty million died of hunger and disease related to the war, totaling to Thirty Four million. **actually, there were almost 100 million Europeans killed in WW2, given the totality of these deaths, both soldier and non-soldier**
What ideas did the Europeans have about how the land should be used when they first came to the New World?
Once the Europeans had settled themselves, in a manner of speaking, they saw the vast lands they controlled as areas for farming. These were lands that were "fresh" lands as compared to European farmlands and had a vast potential for expanding westward. In other areas of the New World, Europeans saw the potential of mineral deposits, gold and silver as examples.
In 2005 there were 29,000 deaths caused by firearms. A teenager in the U.S. is 12x more likely to die in a shooting then in any other country in the world. I don't have any stats for last year, but it's not nearly as high as most people believe. In the U.S. for 2001, there were 29,573 deaths from firearms *Suicide 16,869 *Homicide 11,348 *Accident 802 *Legal Intervention 323 *Undetermined 231
There's no definitive answer. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 200 million+ firearms and the BATF website indicates there are about 4.5 million sold each year. Each state in the U.S. keeps records differently and there is no national registration, so there's no real way to know. There are an estimated 550 000 000 firearms in world wide circulation given the fact some own more than 1 firearm id say roughly 270…
During the 15th and 16th centuries and beyond, Europeans were interested in the New World for several distinct reasons. For many, it served as an opportunity for new resource-gathering and trading possibilities, with new wealth to be gained on both counts. For others, it promised to offer safe haven for free and uninhibited practice of religion that was not possible in the Old World.