Westward American Expansion

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Varying Views of the American Westward Expansion From 1790 to 1835 in the Southern United States Chase Burchett 1090-008 Riverview High School Sarasota, FL, USA Subject Area: History Word Count: 3171 Abstract: In the end of the 18th century in North America, the people of the United States were ready to conquer some of that wild and mysterious land that lay west of the States. Technology had made traveling a lot easier, via wagons and food supplies. The population had grown to a point where the land that once seemed to stretch to the ends of the earth were no longer so infinite. In fact, in some places in the north east, the land was quite crowded. All of these factors led to pioneers, ready to explore the Wild West. What the white settlers found was these lands were secret safe haven, they were already occupied by the Native American Indians. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the native Indians in Southern North America were treated during the Westward American Expansion. What I found was that the United States government stepped all over the Cherokee Indian nation, disregarding any legal land contracts or treaties made. Sources from view points of both the Indians and the government showed just how unfair the situation was to the Indians. If this interference between the Indian peoples and United States government would have happened in a modern day era, the outcome of the western half of the north American continent could be a completely different place today. Table of Contents: Introduction 4 Argument 5 Reasoning for Expansion 5 Views from the White Men 6 Views from the Indians 7 Attempting to Negotiate with the United States
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