Native Americans After The American Revolution

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The American Revolution lasted six years and the impacts of it were everlasting(Schultz, 2010). The effects were felt by every group of people in North America and many worldwide. Even though George Washington had all of his troops vaccinated against smallpox, the colonists were not so fortunate and as a results some estimates are that as many as one hundred and thirty thousand people died from this dreaded disease. This loss of life combined with the divisions among the colonies into those loyal to Britain and those who wanted freedom would forever change the way of life for the colonists. Possibly the group of people most significantly impacted by the American Revolution was to the slave population of North America. Before the American Revolution, not much thought was given to the contradiction of fighting Britain for freedom and owning a man as property. After the American Revolution, the northern colonies started to see the irony in the two policies and made it legal to manumit their slaves(Shultz, 2010). These freed slaves congregated in the Chesapeake region to form colonies as free people. This made it easier for slaves from the south to escape and blend into the Chesapeake colonies of …show more content…

Unlike the blacks, that were better off after the war; the Native Americans, in most cases, were worse off after the war(Gaksu, 2015). The majority of Native Americans fought on the side of the British because it was widely believed that they would win the war and the British promised the native Americans their own land after the victory. At the end of the war, even though the Native Americans fought in the war, they were not invited to the talks and therefore had no influence as to how the land was divided. The tribes were decimated during the war, due to battle and illness, and now they had no land to call their

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