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A militia was the only option for the American colonies to protect itselfduring the foundations of the colonies. A standing army during theconstruction of the colonies would have caused a ripple effect where all thecolonies would end up depleting their military resources, solely to protectthemselves from the other colonies and the Indians. Standing army wouldnot have been effective in the frontier. Native Americans had a clearinterest in doing trade with the English. Standing army would have poseda barrier and could have prevented further trade and further alliances withother tribal Indians. Native Americans already knew that they had to makea decision to either make alliances or succumb to the rule of another