Throughout the history of the United States, American Indians have be treated poorly. Ever since the white men crossed the Atlantic ocean 200 years ago till the mid 1900’s, the poor treatment and killing of Indians never ceased. US Policies passed between the Revolutionary War and the mid 1900’s hurt American Indians and put them at an extreme disadvantage.
Before the Revolutionary War, the first hint that the relationship between the American Indians and the white people would be rocky was when the British ordered the Proclamation of 1763. It prohibited any white settlers to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains because of numerous conflicts with the American Indians. After the Revolutionary War, the concept of “Manifest Destiny”, to expand the nation to the Pacific Ocean and possibly Canada and Mexico, motivated many Americans to look beyond their territories.
After the Revolutionary War, they successfully gained all the land east of the Appalachian Mountains, from the St. Lawrence River to the 31st parallel. When the United States signed the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, it gave them the Great Lakes and Mississippi. The United States were able to expand even more after they were able t
The Westward Movement caused even more troubles for American Indians. The white people wanted the government to give them access to Indian land while the Indians wanted the government to keep their word, follow the treaty, and protect their lands. Tecumseh was the leader of the Shawnee Tribe who also led and united many Indian tribes to drive the Americans off of their land. They built forts and garrisons for this reason. The white men came across the sea and invaded their land. o urge the Native Americans to give up their lands in the Northwest Territory in 1784 and 1785. When these settlers invaded their land and the government did not do anything about it, the Indians took action and attacked the settlers. The Indians were forced to walk hundreds of miles because the government did not provide them with good transportation. They were told that their Indian heritage were not approved by American society (Billard Pg. Another problem was that the Indians were often sent to reservations that were not suitable for them. By 1871, tension and conflict between the Indians and the settlers grew even stronger.