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Native Americans and the revolutionary war

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Cassandra Atchley

on 11 April 2011

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Native Americans and the Revolutionary War The Revolution was truly destructive towards the Native American population as a whole. Native Americans also felt the pressure of change in the post-Revolutionary War time period. Since the Proclamation Line was no longer, white settlers began to flood what had previously been considered Native American territory. This caused conflict and strife with groups such as the Cherokees of the Appalachian Mountains and the Shawnees of Ohio. Many Indians joined the British as they had done in the French and Indian War. Therefore America claimed that they had lost all rights by participating in the war on the losing side. For all practical purposes they were to be a conquered nation. Many Indians joined the British as they had done in the French and Indian War. Therefore America claimed that they had lost all rights by participating in the war on the losing side. For all practical purposes they were to be a conquered nation. Class Question:

At first the Native Americans tried to remain neutral. Why did they do this? The Native Americans tried to remain neutral becasue they had been making trades with both the colonist and the British The role of the American Indian's during the Revolutionary War was a shadowy and tragic one, symbolized by Benjamin West's painting, now in the National Gallery of Art. Native American groups, like many others residents of North America, had to choose the loyalist or patriot cause—or somehow maintain a neutral stance. But the Native Americans had distinctive issues all their own in trying to hold on to their homelands as well as maintain access to trade and supplies as war engulfed their lands too. Some allied with the British, while others fought alongside the American colonists.
Most of the Native Americans in the east of the Mississippi River were affected by the war. Because of this many communities were divided over the question of how to respond to the happening conflict. There are few tribes who were on friendly terms with the Americans, however most of the Native Americans opposed to the United States because their native lands were being threatened by the expansion of American settlement
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