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The arrival of Europeans in America had both negative and positive impacts on the natives. Negative impacts included enslavement, forced displacement, loss of land, and introduction of diseases. Positive impacts included new technologies, introduction of crops and animals, and access to trade networks. However, the overall impact was largely negative, as the native populations experienced significant loss of life, culture, and sovereignty.

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