British Colonization: An Unconstitutionalization Of Native Americans

479 Words2 Pages
Section D Analysis In the beginning, the British first arrived in America in order to conquer more land under the British name. The British realized this was not possible after the Native Americans refused to give up their land. An “Indian removal” policy was put into action and the Natives began to be removed from their lands and relocated onto “camps”. The British used religion as an excuse for their actions as the treatment of the Natives became gradually worse. Documents prove that the British intentionally killed off the buffalo in areas populated by the Native Americans. By doing this, the British took away their main source of food. Starvation occurred in many villages and the Natives population had reduced from an estimated 12 million in 1500 to barely 237,000 in 1900. Villages were pillaged, and prisoners were sent to camps or reservations. The British’s actions were rationalized through religion, Indians were seen as savages that needed to convert and those who didn’t were murdered.…show more content…
According to the evidence presented by Peter d'Errico, it can be suggested that the British intentionally sent blankets to the Natives in hopes of reducing their numbers. Letters have been discovered from Colonel Henry Bouquet to General Amherst, dated 13 July 1763, that suggests in a postscript the distribution of blankets to "inoculate the Indians”. In a response letter from Amherst to Bouquet, dated 16 July 1763, approves this plan and suggests as well as "to try Every other method that can serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race." These letters are hard proof straight from the horse’s mouth to inoculate the Natives. This proves that the British knowingly gave the Natives diseased blankets in order to reduce their

More about British Colonization: An Unconstitutionalization Of Native Americans

Open Document