"It's important to remember that the United States is the only country in the world that was founded was an empire. George Washington described it as a rising empire and because of that they had to conquer the national territory - this is imperialism - they didn't have to cross the oceans, but besides that, it's the standard imperialism. They practically exterminated the population that lived in these territories and stole half of Mexico's land"
- Noam Chomsky here (I'm translating back to English from Portuguese from Spanish...)
I often hear that the United States were a country with origins in which its colonial inhabitants worked towards cultivation, whereas Brazil was an aftermath of colonial exploitation. Could that be a myth that we accepted too promptly? I believe so, and I have to stop and rethink History as I learned.
The consequence of the United States being a country with the seeds of cultivation would be that there was a project of country in which "the other" was seen as a partner in the nation building process. Well, I think that the treatment of Native Americans, Mexicans and Africans proves that wrong.