Manifest Destiny and American National Parks

With the recent centennial of the National Park Service, we’ve seen much publicity in favor of national parks within the United States. The idea of natural protected areas is viewed as a general good among popular opinion. Who could be opposed to the conservation of nature?

In reality, there’s a very disturbing history behind the creation of the U.S. national parks, which went hand-in-hand with “manifest destiny” and genocidal policies against the indigenous peoples for whom those “pristine” areas were actually their ancestral territories. That tendency has been, and continues to be, replicated around the world.


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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