Go West Reading Project
What does it mean to be an American as a Native American During Westward Expansion?
"He said white men called the Indians savages because it made it easier to hate them, and hating them made it easier to drive them off or kill them and take their land. He said that as long as folks thought of the Shawnees as savages, they didn't have to think of them as people." (41-42) Weasel
The Explorers and Pioneers came to the Native American's land and took control of their lives and their possessions. They took the profit of their land, crops, and animals, keeping the wealth for themselves.
The Natives had to make sure that they kept themselves well fed, so when the people came and killed off all their buffalo for sport or for just the meat, they were left with rotting buffalo corpses and and no other animals in sight.
The Native Americans were the ones who were driven off their land. These men relocated the Natives to brand new land or killed them.
The Trail of tears
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“On the Plains in 1844.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 2013. Web. <www.gilderlehrman.org>
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