In the 1830’s America was highly influenced by the Manifest Destiny which was the territorial expansion of the United States across North America towards the Pacific Ocean. The United States government believed that the Native Americans were a problem that was hindering Manifest Destiny from being fulfilled .At the trail of tears native Americans were persecuted against heavily. Until 1828 the federal government had Cherokee rights to their land and in that same year Andrew Jackson was elected president and this all ended. Throughout Jackson's life he had fought Indians, beginning with his campaign against the Northern Creek Indians of Alabama and Georgia. He led the Tennessee militia to fight Seminoles in Florida in a war known as the "First Seminole War" just seven years before his election into the presidency .
As late as the nineteenth century, Native American relations with the Anglo-Americans remained full of unease and hostility. The desire to expand the U.S. coast-to-coast known as Manifest Destiny inspired many to travel west to seek new opportunities and land. However, although the U.S. grew and successfully established a transcontinental railroad, Native Americans regressed under the developing America. As a result, Native Americans attempted to backlash with events like the Battle of Little Bighorn where efforts to preserve Native American culture were short-lasting. From social factors such as the assimilation of natives to economic factors such as taking land forcefully, tensions between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans persisted.
I feel that the influence of the east, and its “plantation” mentality played a large and significant role in the exclusion and separation of the Indians and the white Americans. 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.
If the English settlers were able to gain aid from other tribes, the dependence on Powhatan would be undermined. Without dependence on Powhatan, English settlers would no longer feel the need to trade weapons with Powhatan. As Charles A. Grymes has stated: “From Powhatan's point of view, the English were too hard to control. They kept trying to contact other tribes, evading Powhatan's schemes to steer all trade through him” (“The First Anglo-Powhatan War (1609-13)”). Powhatan saw this as an enormous threat and took great measures to stop them from expanding.
In any case, the general population of the two nations had diverse circumstances and had distinctive concerns, which impacted the way every revolution started, advanced, and finished. The American Revolution was the point at which the British settlements in America rebelled against British lead for being exhausted by individuals, not in any case living on their territory and picked up autonomy by toppling British supreme control under King George III. The French and American Revolution had similarities and some differences. The French Revolution and American Revolution were the examples of regular people defying their legislature. The French opposed their administration in a savage way, as did the Americans.
What if hypocritical, selfish Americans took your rights, along with your land? Albert Gallatin, an American Senator from 1845, is a primary source that talks about the account of Manifest destiny (the belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable,) as a negative. Indian Chief John Ross was stripped of his freedom as well as his land. Alexander Hamilton, one of the United State’s own founding fathers, bashed Thomas Jefferson on his decision, mentioning quote, “lucky coincidences and unexpected circumstances and not the result of any wise or thoughtful actions on the part of Jefferson’s administration.” Manifest destiny was an extremely negative event in the history of the United States. Alexander Hamilton, one of the United State’s own founding fathers approached Manifest Destiny negatively, in an article in the newspaper,“New York Evening Post” titled: “Purchase of Louisiana” in July 1803.
He did not follow Jefferson’s plan of Assimilation, rather he sought to remove Indians wholesale from their property and move them somewhere, “deemed unsuitable for white settlement. Jackson claimed his plans for separation were beneficial for Native Americans, without explaining why they couldn’t remain separate on their own land. Viciously uprooting Native Americans meant that the practices they had been carrying on for centuries were, for the most part, halted. Even after Native Americans had ceded land, Jefferson consistently broke those treaties, with the most blatant being the ratification of the Treaty of New Echota. In this treaty, he took the word of several unelected people of the Cherokee Nation as an agreement on behalf of all of them, because it fit his desires.
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.
“Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the clouds, and the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?” This quote describes when the colonies wanted to kill the American Indians that settled in part of America so they could expand east from west and colonize. Tecumseh says this because the great spirit didn’t make the country of united states for the Indian Americans, both elderly and infants to be killed and taken away from their homes. This quote is one of Tecumseh's most famous quotes.
Altered ideas of manifest destiny, combined with other forces of the time, but the Whig Party opposed expansion, believing that the republican experiment in the United States would fail if the nation grew too large. Politicians from the Northeast felt they would lose political power in Congress if the United States admitted more states into the union. Attempts to expand further into Mexico were put to a stop as racism began to come into play. The abolitionists also opposed expansion, particularly if it would bring slave territories into the union. Pacifists became gravely concerned with the casualties of expansion and opposed its violence.
From the time of first contact to the 1880’s, the relationship between the Natives and settlers was continually changing. During the fur trade, the relationship that developed between the natives and the traders was a one without major issues. But as the fur trade began to decline, the relationship between the Natives and the settlers started to decline as well. A catalyst for this change were the treaties that the Natives signed that sold their portions land to the settlers. These treaties, the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux and Mendota, were supposed to establish the permanent homes of these natives, but this did not happen (Treaty of Mendota, 1851; Treaty of Traverse de Sioux, 1851).
They were known as the Warhawks. This group was established by Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. This hatred for Great Britain eventually lead to the War of 1812. The war of 1812 was caused by impressment, Interference with trade and Incitement of the Indians. In reality the Republican party believed that Great Britain had not respect for Americans.
The 1930s were the turning point of Native American life. Due to segregation against Native Americans and other non-white ethnic groups, unemployment for native americans was already very high, but as the stock market crashed and as many jobs instantly disappeared, the work opportunities for the Natives Americans were utterly eradicated. Unemployment rates for the Natives rose so high that most were left jobless and stranded in poverty. Reservations, most already in horrible conditions, began to deteriorate to even lower levels. The crisis for the United States was arguably even more devastating on the other ethnic groups.
There was many conflicts that happened, between the Colonies and the British, before the war started. The three things that caused the most up roar are the Proclamation of 1763, taxation, and the Intolerable Act. Great Britain won the French and Indian War, but was in debt, after words. The British began to tax the colonies, to pay back the debt. The Proclamation happened after the French and Indian war, when the British got a lot of land west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Tensions with the Native American tribes continued well into the nineteenth century despite efforts on their part of capitulation, assimilation, appeasement and resistance. As the federal government realized that their theory that the Native Americans had been conquered was incorrect they began to establish policy that would assimilate the Indians into white society and culture, but also facilitated the tribes losing their lands to white settlers. (Nash, et al., 2007., p. 255) Assimilation tactics varied and one such way was done through regulation of the fur trade. This regulation helped white traders gain expensive furs in exchange for their relatively inexpensive goods and to reduce fraud and conflict, Congress created trading posts, or