Native American Western Expansion

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Between 1785 and 1829, the cultures of Native Americans were greatly changed by American territorial expansion. In particular, the loss of land, trust, and attempted reforms made by whites to "civilize" the Native Americans greatly affected them. American western expansion was the cause of many of the Native Americans' great sorrows.

In 1790, most of the land west of the Appalachian Mountains was unsettled. After the War of 1812, the population in the West doubled. However, by 1820 an extremely significant increase in population in the same area was observed. This was due to the conquest of Indian land by the U. S. Army. For example, in 1794, the U. S. Army, led by General Anthony Wayne, defeated the Shawnee, Wyandot, and other Native
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The Native Americans were friendly and helpful to the "forefathers" of this country and were in return, deceived by the white man. "Wars took place" after the Native Americans greeted the whites with open arms. Some of the settlers treated the Native Americans with respect and appreciation. The explorers Louis and Clark, were sent by President Jefferson on a mission to chart the newly acquired northwest territories. They were one of the groups of people that were helped to get through the territory using old Indian trails. The Native Americans helped them to get through the wilderness. Without the Native Americans their journey might have ended in utter failure and the loss of lives of the entire expedition. At the time the Native Americans did not know that by helping the Americans, it would only help lead to the end of their lifestyle as they knew…show more content…
They later went and violated these Treaties. The U. S. was aggressive when removing the Native Americans later as The Native Americans resisted the westward movement between 1785 and 1929 threat to their very existence. They were later forcefully removed by the U. S. which justified itself by Manifest Destiny; it was the right and obligation of white Americans to expand the nation. The in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend with the Cherokees in 1814. The U. S. accused the Native Americans of the crime of not respecting "the power of the United States of America They thought we were an insignificant nation that we would be overpowered by the British." This arrogant attitude justified the aggression and hostility towards the Native Americans. President Andrew Jackson stated, "We bleed our enemies in such cases to give them their senses" Jackson referred to the Native Americans as our
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