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Pacific North West

The online archives selected for this section include The Internet Archive and The National Archives. The URLs for the two archives are http://www.archives.gov/ and http://openlibrary.org/. The street address for The National Archive is; the National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. The street address for The Internet Archive is Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118. I selected these two archives because of their relevance in U.S history. The archives are also interactive and they offer online assistance to visitors. The archives have immense catalogues of American history related to the Pacific Northwest. This includes books, magazines, letters and journals, which an individual can borrow.

How Did the Epidemics Affect the Relationship between Europeans/European-Americans and Native Americans in the PNW?

Relationships between these groups of people depended on fundamental shifts in power in the region. These shifts in power included contests for the region between non-Indians. Britons dominated this group of contestants. Other shifts in power involved contests between the natives and non-natives. Usually, natives found themselves as subjects or on the defensive to the preferences and policies of the European colonizers. Epidemic diseases such measles, influenza and small affected these relationships between these groups of people. Usually, these diseases affected the natives who did not have immunity and resistance methods for the diseases. These epidemics did not strike the natives once because they kept reoccurring. These diseases weakened the native society as the colonizers approached the region. Though in some instances the colonizers offered help, they reduced contact with the native to prevent spread of the diseases to their camp. These epidemics diminished the capabilities of the natives to resist colonization.