American Revolution: The Removal Of Native Americans

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Vinny Croglio History 254 4-19-2011 Removal Native Removal The removal of the native peoples from their traditional homelands in North America was one of the most devastating times for natives in American history. After the American Revolution, life changed for the natives and new systems were implemented. The main goal of the United States was to remove the natives from their lands in order to expand colonization and also transform natives into the white man’s way of living. This resulted in massive losses of the land that natives owned for centuries along with severe declines in the native peoples population. There are several factors that played important roles in the reasons for removal along with the impacts it had on the native…show more content…
Thousands of Cherokees, Creeks, and others were forced out by federal troops and had to face what is known as the “Trail of Tears”. Close to one fourth of the Cherokee population died off due to exposure, disease, and starvation along the exhausting trip. Native peoples were forced to adjust to life in the new areas out west and re-create their societies. Another problem with their relocation had to do with the fighting that took place with other tribes who were already settled in the areas that the natives were moved to. During the process of removal, the government unarmed the native tribes. When they were forced to fight other tribes after the long journey out west, they were unprepared and exhausted and often times lost battles. This led to an even further increase in mortality rates after huge portions already died off due to their excruciating journey to the new…show more content…
The United States government offered the family head 320 acres of land on a reservation to farm on and participate in active agriculture like white people. They also required that the families adopt a last name to further push them from being citizens of their tribes to being citizens of the United States. They aimed at transforming natives from roaming peoples to those who stay put and farm. They took the natives “out of the blanket” and supplied them with clothing and food that was foreign to their culture. They also nearly killed off the entire population of Buffalo in order to make natives more dependent on cattle, which was regularly consumed by Americans. All of this changed the way of life for the natives made them more dependent on the United States for
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