The Economic And Social Factors Of Native American Relations With Anglo-Americans

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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. Similarly, these economic and social factors expressed in the late 1800’s reflect many of the factors expressed earlier on between 1763-1800. Within the two time periods, Americans have mostly continued to exclude the Native Americans and taken every opportunity to seize their lands. The two time periods were very similar with the exception that the late 1800’s showed more acceptance of the indians by providing them boarding schools and reserving land for them. After the French-Indian war when settlers illegally settled past the Proclamation line of 1763, the desire to take native American land continued in the late 1800’s. For example, Document 14.2, Description of Custer’s Battlefield (1876) by General Philip Sheridan, talks about

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