A More Complicated Narrative

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A More Complicated Narrative A more accurate historical narrative begins with the fact that two centuries after the first English settlers reached Virginia in 1607, the fate of the North American continent was still undetermined. In 1763, the British drew a line confining Anglo-American expansion to the east side of the Appalachian Mountains. They acknowledged Indian rights to the land as the continent's first occupants and they mandated that Indian lands only be obtained by treaty and purchase. (That story is explored in full here .) After the American Revolution, though, Britain ceded all of its North American holdings south of Canada to the United States. The territorial claims of Native Americans were implicitly repudiated by this action. And for a few years, the newly founded United States operated under the premise that the Indians were a defeated people, and thus a people with no rights. But during George Washington's presidency, Secretary of War Henry Knox tried to place US-Indian
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