In our expedition to Africa, a primitive land filled with savages, the key was strategy. Of course we were (and still are) superior to the natives; however, we lacked the knowledge in obtaining resources, so first impressions were important. Thus, when choosing whether to push our luck or err on the side of caution, we decided to establish peace with the natives. Instead of just barging in on their land and establishing supremacy, we somewhat wanted to fly under the radar to ensure that we would benefit in the long run.
Initial peace gave us no fear that the natives would extract resources for us, leaving us with profit, but this strategy wouldn’t work for long. Soon, a massive typhoon struck, and we were faced with the difficult decision of risking everything with the possibility of nothing or end up right where we started. I, the most careful colonizer, did not see any reason to create tension with the natives. The rest of my team, on the other hand, refused to make an unsuccessful expedition inescapable for fear of displeasing our employer. We ended up continuing to press the natives through all of our misfortunes.Uncontrollable factors, such as weather, were not on our side during the year, as we continued to face severe conditions. I didn’t believe that we would make it out alive. However, the natives never revealed extreme hostility towards us They yielded to us and graciously accepted the duties of extracting resources.
Such kindness reveals that the natives knew who was in charge. Their poor and ancient weaponry was no match for our ammunition and advanced ways. I believe the natives knew that antagonizing us would only lead to hostility from us, as well. They certainly knew that in the hierarchy we informally established, they resided at the bottom. Any attempt by the natives to reclaim their territory would have been foolish on their part. While we bulldozed onto their land with order and instruction, they remained an unorganized mass of bodies lacking any modern culture. Their vernacular of shouts and chants just couldn’t compare to our language, and their strange, cloth clothing was confusing to me.
Our strategy of alternating between pressing the natives and not taking any action proved to be successful in this expedition. It decreased any chances of hostility from the natives but still ensured that we would end up profitable, which was the most important thing. Taking such a huge risk by invading a territory and destroying the traditions of another group would have been worthless, if we didn’t end up with any reward. However, this process allowed us to end up with a surplus of three, making the expedition worthwhile.
Playing the role of the colonizer and embarking on an adventure in which we invaded foreign territory gave me perspective from both the invaders and the invaded. While not an entire account of how the colonizers took over, we were able to discover what the colonizers expected when they stepped on to foreign territory and how the natives reacted to this.
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