The Relationship with the Native Americans Throughout History

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Native American history is, almost definitely, one of the bloodiest and most tragic series of events ever recorded. From the time when Europeans first landed in America, Indians were enslaved, persecuted, used, violated, and slaughtered by explorers and, later, colonists and
US citizens. It is, however, these Americans, whose interactions with Indians, have proved to be the most influential on native relations and shifts in the developing nation. Although the early colonial interactions with Native Americans seem to be focused mostly on land conflict, the results of these interactions later reflected not only the nation as a whole, but the social, political and economic complexity of the relationship between Indians and Americans. Certainly, US policies toward Indians varied depending on the individual leaders, tribes, and context, however, interactions do overall reflect the ideals of expansion and trade in the government and the American spirit during the 18th and late 19th centuries.
Colonists, by their very nature, were in America to start fresh; to spread out and see what the newly discovered continent had to offer; even after the foundation of America, Indians were shunted to the side any time that the “white men” felt the desire to expand and exploit the land surrounding them. The incredible value placed on expansion is clearly displayed in the compilation of “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875”: almost…