Natives in the way of whites

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Natives in the way of whites Europeans were superior to everyone else that existed. With big guns and boats to travel they made blacks slaves, but that’s not it. The rightful owners of the land so called America were treated so bad that their population size was shrunk to barely anything. Whites did not like the natives mainly because they were not like them, the Europeans they were used to, and they compared Indians to animals. Whites took a few approaches towards their problems with Indians: First they tried showing them the right of way to civilization, tried making the natives forget their ways and start believing in God, tried teaching them what whites thought was right. Some tribes tried that but it did not work so well because whites were not accepting them because of being Indians. Secondly the natives were asked to leave their lands and move more west where whites were not occupying that land, some tribes moved but other didn’t. Lastly the third solution that was highly put in use was the removal of Indians by force, which always lead into the movement of Indians more west. One of the first president that moved natives by force was Jefferson. Before Britain lost control of the colonies they made a deal with the Indians that they would not settle past a line in the Appalachian Mountains. After the colonies won their independence from Britain the whites were ready to start a new nation which did not end up well for the natives. America started on the east coast with only 13 colonies and as history goes we see that more states were added to the nation and Indian extinction by Americans started in the 1800’s. The occupation between the Appalachian Mountains and Mississippi River, better known as the Indian Removal, made opportunities happen, like cities were build,
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more room for farming, railroads build and easier access by boat further west. With around 4 million and a half Americans crossing into the Mississippi Valley natives were moved more towards the unsettled west, most of the times by force. Zinn and Arnove state in their writing this “Thus, by 1840, out of a population in the United States of 13 million, 4,500,000 had cross the mountains into the Mississippi Valley—that huge expanse of land crisscrossed by rivers flowing into the Mississippi east and west. In 1820, 120,000 Indians lived east of the Mississippi. By 1844, fewer than 30,000 were left.” Thomas Jefferson takes office and in 1803 without any permission from congress he buys a huge amount of land from France that doubled the nation’s size. The new land acquired was highly populated by Indians but there were less than a million whites across the mountain. After the purchase he started proposing some cruel things to congress about the Indians and how they needed to push the natives more west towards the Pacific. Some Indians willingly moved, but like everything else in the world there are those who oppose. Howard Zinn says this “But as whites continued to move westward, the pressure on the national
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course HIST 6 taught by Professor Hall during the Spring '11 term at Riverside Community College.

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