Was The Westward Expansion Justified

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From 1865 onward, Native American culture was greatly changed by the westward expansion of the united states. Government action effectively destroyed native culture. The US was not justified in its ruthless westward expansion because of the harm dealt to the native people and the change in the American economy. One reason that westward expansion was not justified was the damage done to the native people. When the US really started to settle the west in 1865, we would offer chiefs compensation to move their tribes farther west or on to reservations. What our government didn’t realize was that the indians lived in decentralized societies. This meant that it was really up to the individual to decide to move. Also those who did move often did
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