HY 2000, American Military History I
Unit I Journal
Based on what you have learned and read in this unit, do you think a militia was the
only option for the American colonies to protect itself, or could a standing army have
been effective in the frontier? Please explain your answer.
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
The arrival of the early English settlers created a dangerous new world for the inhab
Native Americans that once called their lands 'home.' These lands were controlled by
Native Americans who knew nothing more than what was their own, but was claimed
vigorously by the Europeans. This caused disrupt anger between the Native Americans
and the English, and enemies started to form as well as other European enemy forces. To
help protect and fight, each colony group formed militias. The idea of a standing army
was feared throughout most of the colonies, and the idea of creating a militia was thought