Note: This article was originally published on February 18th, 2013 on the blog The Lighthouse.
The most accessible accounts of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas are those of European conquerors and their men. In these accounts, which are the source of many stereotypes, Native Americans are often depicted as being ignorant, backwards and weak. Although the technology available
to them in the 16th century was not as advanced as European technology, Native Americans were able to run empires and maintain political relations. Their social and political organization even influenced the politics of the modern United States. The United States owe their unification to the Iroquois League and the Inca’s political system, which was an early form of socialism, demonstrates the ability of Native Americans to run empires.