Westward expansion was a predominant objective during the 19th century in the USA; the desire to discover the frontier proved detrimental to the Native Americans. The Native Americans found few benefits from Westward expansion. Not all tribes were as badly affected by westward expansion however the general consensus was that the Native Americans were persecuted due to Westward expansion. Before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Westward Expansion was a rarity. The Indians that inhabited the East were either pushed west into territories of the North-West Ordinance or absorbed into the settlers’ culture; however following the Louisiana Purchase, the settlers moved into territories between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi river. This triggered Westward expansion and the inevitable happened when both Indians and Europeans where attempting to claim land as their own.
The first major problem Westward Expansion caused the Indians is the fact that it fuelled wars with White Settlers.There was attempts by the Indians to push out the settlers who they believed were encroaching on their territory. Indian tribes were being moved out of their hunting grounds and were not able to fulfil their nomadic hunting lifestyles without clashing with white settlers. Indian resistance followed in opposition to White settlers who they believed as oppressive. Tecumseh’s Confederacy was the most organised attempt to resist the settlers. Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet unified a collection of Indian tribes in order to resist the white settlers however their capital Tippecanoe was destroyed in 1811 and a year later Tecumseh was killed. After this there weren’t any attempts for tribes to unite. There were short battles between Americans and Indians that took place mainly between 1860 and 1880. However none of these attacks were as co-ordinated as Tecumseh’s attempts. Other tribes such as the