Savage or Peaceful Essay

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During the 1800's the Native Americans kept the peace while the Americans were self-serving in their pursuit of land. The Americans believe in the Manifest Destiny. The Native Americans did all that they could to remain in peace with the Americans. The Americans fought persistently with the Native Americans to gain Native American lands. The Americans wanted to move the Native Americans of what they thought was land given to them by God. The Americans believed they had the power to control all of the U.S., because they were given the right to by God. They also believed that the Native Americans knew about the Manifest Destiny, and that they should move off of the 'American' lands. The Americans thought that the Native …show more content…

The Americans Bernier2 created laws about the Native Americans joining the American culture. One law allowed that any Native American who had moved to an assigned reservation and decides to adopt the ideas of American life then they were considered to be a “citizen of the United States”(Dawes Act) and would be given all rights that Americans had. When Native Americans did not leave their lands as the Americans had believed, they resorted to violence even though the Native Americans refused to fight them. The Native Americans wanted to be nonviolent towards the Americans while trying to keep their lands. Many Native American chiefs including the chiefs of the Tetons wanted to remain on good terms with the Americans, even if it meant signing a treaty. One of the chiefs who wanted peace was Spotted Tail. He was not interested in leaving his ways of life behind but he was willing to compromise to avoid war”,(Brown 10) especially if compromising meant keeping his people safe. Spotted Tail knew that if he did not compromise then he would lose everything because the Americans were not concerned about the Native Americans' way of life or even their safety. The Americans did not have any interests in the amount of Native Americans killed as long as they got the land, Spotted Tail along with other chiefs knew how ruthless the Americans were. Also in the search for land the Americans used any means they saw necessary to

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