US History DBQ Europeans Migrate West

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Ever since Euro-Americans arrived in America they have being trying in one way or the other to remove all Native Americans from the land that is rightfully theirs. In the early 19th century while the United States was expanding, white settlers faced what they considered an obstacle. Much of the this area was home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. These Indian nations were standing in the way of progress for the whites. Eager for land to raise cotton, the settlers pressured the federal government to acquire Indian territory. Many conflict resulted from the issue of who was to claim land.

When settlers started migrating to the West they claimed private property while Native Americans were pushed off the land the settlers claimed. White settlers were capitalists, which is a person of great wealth or an investor of capital in business, especially one having a major financial interest in an important enterprise. Native Americans were communalists, which is a system of government in which independent communes participate in a federation. The government protected private property rights and the claims of settlers and denied the protection for the indian economic system.

Many Native Americans saw the great migration as a way for the whites to make money. These settlers moving to the West slaughtered the buffalo and over fished the rivers that contained the salmon that the Native Americans needed to survive. Native Americans practiced the Ghost Dance as a spiritual means of preserving Native culture and protesting white encroachment of their ancestral lands. White missionaries attempted to convert Native Americans to Christianity, the Dawes Severalty Act wanted the Indian people to be like whites and to make them farmers instead of hunters.They tried to outlaw the Ghost Dance because they thought it would incite Native Americans to rise up against white rule.

The government promoted the taking of Indian land through...