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The Oppression of Native Americans Essay

  • Submitted by: adamfenech100
  • on September 21, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,230 words

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The opening up of the western frontier in America started in the aftermath of the USA’s victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 saw numerous formerly French-owned lands becoming the property of the USA; and this land, with the additional lure of finding gold and the possibility of a fresh start, attracted many people to the West, resulting in a nation-wide increase in trade and wealth; however, this westward expansion also dictated Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal policies. Native Americans have been frequently demonised in print, radio, television and other forms of media, and contrasted against the stereotypically romanticised, heroic, fearless European frontier man stereotype.   Through the Treaty of Paris in 1783- which was intended as a resolution to the American Revolutionary War- vast amounts of Native American territory were sold to the Americans by the French without any form of consent from its true owners, and this exacerbated tensions between the two races. {a}
The land which the Americans acquired through the Louisiana Purchase encompassed the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River; most of North Dakota; nearly all of South Dakota; north-eastern New Mexico; northern Texas; the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado that laid east of the Continental Divide; and the parts of Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans {b}. Under the Indian Removal Act of 1830 all of the Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi River were forced from their ancestral homes onto “reservations”, small areas of land which they could manage under the direction of the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs{c}. It was hoped that by assimilating the tribes into an agricultural lifestyle, they would become economically dependent on trade with white Americans, and would...

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