Effects Of The First Treaty Of Fort Laramie

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The Native Americans were left with a legacy of lost homes, erased traditions, and dead families. Their invaders had no respect for them or their way of life, and so left little respect for them in their history books. The settler emerged with a legacy of gold, agricultural success, and industrial progress. They received renown for "having discovered and tamed new lands," however the darker truth of how they achieved these feats was obscured by the American belief of "Manifest Destiny," as well as the self-superiority that created in the settlers. I suspect that the reasons for these legacies (whether we're referring to tangible events or popular conception) can be traced to the lack of respect that the settlers had for the Native Americans. Even when treaties were used in place of violence, the Native Americans were treated with little respect by the settlers. One example of this can be found in the story of The First Treaty of Fort Laramie. The First Treaty of Fort Laramie claimed that if the Native American peoples remained in the reservations, the United States government would send them annual payments of $50,000 dollars. However, many of these payments would never be delivered. This failure of the U.S. Government would lead to increasing amounts of starvation among the …show more content…

Both the First Treaty of Fort Laramie and the Second Treaty of Fort Laramie stated that if the Native Americans limited their territory to make room for the settlers, the settlers would not attack them. However, in the case of both treaties, the settlers still targeted Native American reservations. Unfortunately, settlers attacking peaceful Native American encampments within reservation boundaries were not at all uncommon. These attacks were not only a result of the whims of the settlers either, as some were supported by state militia units and members of the U.S.

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