The Trail of Tears left by the Cherokee Indians “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race.” -― Martin Luther King Jr The Trail of Tears helped the Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion lead to the Civil War in many ways. The Trail of Tears caused more tension to rise in the United States.
Additionally, another economic factor was the creation of the Homestead Act of 1862 that would continue playing a role of stripping the natives of their home land. The Homestead Act granted 160 acres of land for anyone willing to settle out west and develop the land. Again, the Americans were taking land that wasn’t theirs and giving it away like it was theirs. As a result of having their home land being taken away, this angered the Natives and reinforced the hostility they had against the Americans. The selfishness of the Americans lead to the tense relationship with the
When the Europeans began colonizing the New World, they had a problematic relationship with the Native Americans. The Europeans sought to control a land that the Natives inhabited all their lives. They came and decided to take whatever they wanted regardless of how it affected the Native Americans. They legislated several laws, such as the Indian Removal Act, to establish their authority. The Indian Removal Act had a negative impact on the Native Americans because they were driven away from their ancestral homes, forced to adopt a different lifestyle, and their journey westwards caused the deaths of many Native Americans.
a belief that was widely held that the destiny of American settlers was to expand and move across the continent to spread their traditions and their institutions, while at the same time enlightening more primitive nations” ("Manifest Destiny. " History Net, www.historynet.com/manifest-destiny. Accessed 13 Mar. 2018.”) Basically, this means that the Americans thought that it was their god given right to be able to use the west as a launchpad to gain gold and glory, and spread religion in return.
I think there could have been another outcome. An outcome that would have allowed natives to have freedom of speech and the opportunity to choose whether they wanted to move west or not. The British came to America and intruded on the native’s land and in their lives bringing disease and death, in the physical sense and otherwise. They intruded upon the lands of the Indians and and wrecked their tribes. I think that Andrew Jackson allowed his prejudice and power to influence the lives of thousands, and multiple generations have felt the affect of his actions.
With the passage of a harsher fugitive slave law as a part of the Compromise of 1850, the abolitionist movement became even more fervent in its efforts to halt slavery as abolitionists assisted runaways, abused slave catchers, and outright did not follow the federal law, even in the face of federal marshalls. As a result of this outright defiance of federal law, southerners’ connotations of the abolitionist movement being associated with the entire northern population were further solidified. In conjunction with the lack of enforcement of the fugitive slave law, southerners increasingly viewed the violent confrontations in Kansas as an outright effort to uproot slavery and its expansion. In an act of defiance against Stephen Douglas’s popular sovereignty established in the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, abolitionists flooded into Kansas and Nebraska in an effort to incorporate both states as free states and directly halt the expansion of slavery into the territories. Violence and bloodshed broke out as pseudo-militia groups attacked one another in a low scale civil war.
Through the first half of this semester I have examined the undeniable truths of how Westward Expansion has affected Indians. It has encouraged me even more so to explore both sides of the story. I did not know how horrible Indians lives were when the outsiders invaded their land. I have been enlightened through this material concerning the mental and physical aspects of the westward expansion. The poor treatment towards Indians are shown immensely through the removal, and the stripping of their culture.
Manifest Destiny is a term for the mentality common amid the nineteenth century time of American development that the United States could, as well as was bound to, extend across the nation. This state of mind powered western settlement, Native American evacuation and war with Mexico. Gen. Zachary Taylor needed to go to war with US. Which the name of this war is called "The Mexican War". Notwithstanding, US was not arranged for this fight and greater part of the officers of the US had political arrangements.
In the late 19th century of the United States, there was a push from western culture for the American agenda, which was to indoctrinate the Native Americans through any means necessary, to achieve their Manifest Destiny. This means that the Native Americans faced tragedies beyond imagination: massacre, disease, and assimilation. However, as described in James Welch’ historical fiction novel “Fools Crow”, Native Americans fought for their survival and cultural continuance despite the ultimate destruction. In the book “Fools Crow” the main character and narrator of the story is a young, Pikuni man by the name of Fools Crow and towards the end of the novel Fools Crow goes on a journey to meet a woman named Feather Woman who possesses this strange yellow skin.
The Manifest Destiny was a belief formulated by Americans that our nation should expand from coast to coast. The idea was formulated because of Americans pride and nationalism made them believe it was their destiny to expand the United States to the western coast. The Louisiana Purchase was the first act that started to fuel the idea of the Manifest Destiny, followed by Westward Migration, and the eventual wars that would take place in the new westward regions. The expansion of the United States, although at the time was aggressive in nature, would help to create the nation we see today. The Louisiana Purchase started the expansion of the United States westward into what is now known as the Midwest.
As the expansion of the U.S. usually meant the acquiring of Native American land, the United States continued to uproot Native American lives and take their homes. While some Americans believed that the natives would be better off moving away and creating new homes, a new solution was generated that encouraged Indians to sell their lands and become “civilized”, or to drop their old lifestyle and adopt an American one. Thomas Jefferson, believing that the Indians were the intellectual equals of white people, advocated this solution of “civilization.” This process eventually became known as Indian Removal. Many radicals however only say the Indians as savages that were only obstacles in the path toward expanding America.
“Preventing our obtaining more subsistence by cultivating of new lands, [the French] discourage our marriages, and keep our people from increasing; thus…killing thousands of our children before they are born,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. Franklin regarded the importance of expanding westward necessary for the American colonists; more land was needed for the colonists to keep growing, but the French were in their way. As the continent of North America was tossed repeatedly back and forth from the hands of the French to the hands of the British, the American colonists could not wait to devour the heavily contested lands west of the Appalachians. But through a combination of politics and economics, the colonists were not allowed easy access to those rich lands. Land was of such importance to the colonists that it caused the American Revolutionary War.
Manifest Destiny (first developed in 1845) was the idea that during the nineteenth century, America not only could but would expand from coast to coast. The accomplishment of this idea came with the removal of indians in areas like the great plains, as well as many smaller conflicts in between the indians and the Americans. The Americans attempted to make a compromise with the indians so that they would leave peacefully, examples of this would be the offer to pay the indians in the form of supplies and annuities. The idea was a good one until Americans denied a payment in 1862 because John pope regarded the Indians as “maniacs or wild beasts ” and states that they do not deserve treaties or anything of the sort. Another big factor in the expansion of America from coast to coast was the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, not only with the people that it had brought to the west for the work, but the ease that it had provided for those who wanted to travel from the east to the west and did not have the money nor the time.
Manifest Destiny is justified,it was something that people thought they had to do, they thought that they had to expand west and spread their cultures and freedom all over the country.always a good thing. Sure, there were good things about it but that doesn't mean there weren't bad things as well. Manifest Destiny was something that revolutionized this country, there were more land for them to take over and there were more land to discover. More resources were found such as , plant, trees were and materials, Manifest Destiny was something Americans could take pride in.