Dbq: Analyzing Colonial Policies Towards Native Americans

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DBQ #1: Using your knowledge of the time period and documents provided, analyze colonial policies toward Native Americans, and discuss the impact of these policies on the relationship between the tribes and the new nation.

Even though the American expanders had been dealing with the native Indians for western expansion many years, the difficulties were at their worst between the years of 1750-1800. The British, first settlers in the New World since the Indians, wanted to expand their nation westward, but weren’t really interested in making fair treaties with the Indians after the Indian and French War of 1754.The colonial policies toward the Native Americans effected the Indians in ways that changed their relationship between their tribes and the new nation. After the French and Indian War, the British were victorious; the Indian population decreased, along with the Spanish population. Since the Spanish population decreased, it deprived the Indians from their most powerful weapon-the ability to have the rival Europeans against one another. This lead to the Pontiac’s uprising in 1763, which killed some two thousand soldiers and settlers heading west past the Appalachians. After the uprising, the British created the Proclamation of 1763. It would prohibit settlement beyond the Appalachians, and was meant to protect the eastern colonies from another uprising as the Pontiac uprising, and would work out the “Indian problem” fairly. Even though the Proclamation was put into effect, that didn’t stop the British from obtaining ideas about expansion.This not only made the eastern Americans angrier, but actually encouraged them to go west, so therefore the Proclamation of 1763 was ineffective. This changed the Indians lives socially. Even though the Americans continued to expand past the Appalachians, there was nothing the British government could do to stop them. This was when the colonists had declared their independence when the colonists had already settled...
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