Indian Relations

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Indian relations, both political and social, as a result of American expansion.

When Americans started exploring and expanding west one of the major conflicts that arrose is what kind of relationship would they have with the Native Americans. At first things wernt bad a good example of this are the statements and autobiography of Black Hawk who was a prominent souk warrior. He stated in his autobiography that his people liked the americans at first impression. They were given gifts by the americans and in return thay gave the americans meat. Later in his autobiography he states that he feels that his peoples land was stolen from them considering the circumstances in which the americans clamed they had aquired the land. He also felt that there wasn't communaction between his people and americans, also that he didn't understand the white mans ways. He said of the treaty "It has been the origin of all our difficulties''(The life of Black Hawk) . I believe that Black Hawks autobiography is a perfect outline of how all Indian relations turned sour with americans as they were exploring and settling the west.

Indians relations with americans were already rocky due to the war of 1812 when the Indians fought with the British agenst the americans. When Indian Cultures that had never been exposed to white people before there were many cultural and religious differences. The american settlers saw the native indians as savages and uncivalized people. The indians and Americans also had many different views on how land was to be used. The Americans saw it as a waste that the Indians wernt farming in large numbers. The christen Americans also didn't like the fact that the native indians were not willing to change religons and denied christanty. An idea spread through american culture and that idea was manifest destiny. Manifest Destiny was the belief widely held by Americans in the 19th century that the United States was destined to expand across the continent. This...
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