Indian Wars

Indians wars consist of conflicts fought between the United States and the Native Americans. Once America was discovered, and settlers from other countries sailed to the new country, many groups tried to force Native Americans off their home land, in which they would have to relocate to reservations. Some Indians relocated without putting up a fight. On the other hand, a large group of Indians chose to fight for their land and rights. This strong-willed spirit sparked a serious of battles. Between 1775 and 1890, there were approximately 40 Indians wars. In some cases, the Indians were victorious. As a whole, more than 45,000 Native Americans lost their lives.



One of the most well-known Indians wars was the American Revolutionary War. The war took place on the East and West coasts of the United States. The war on the west included the Indians, wherein the Native Americans fought to stop colonial expansion. Of all the Indian wars, this one was the most destructive with women and children include amongst the casualties. Other battles consisted of the Chickamauga War, which was a continuation of the Indians fight to keep their land. This war extended down the eastern seaboard and included colonies in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Other battles included the Northwest Indian War, in which the Native Americans were forced to hand over Ohio and Indiana to the United States. The War of 1812 was another gruesome battle. At the brink of war, select Indians allied with British forces. However, Britain eventually abandoned the Native Americans, which meant the Indians had to battle the United States without the support of a powerful nation. The majority of Indian wars came to a halt in 1830 when President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, wherein Indians were to relocate to designated tribal areas.

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