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How Americans Treated the Native Americans

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How the Americans treated the Indians. To properly understand the Native Americans, I think it is a good idea to take a look at, and try to realize how the Colonists felt about them. Beginning in the 1600s, the colonist began a brutal massacre of different Native Americans tribes. This massacre resulted in the death of over nine million Native Americans by 1700. The methods used to kill Native Americans during this genocidal period included the introduction of diseases by the colonists. This hideous treatment of Native Americans continued into the 1700s, when many were captured and made to work on plantations with African American slaves. ...read more.

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(the Americans would permit the Native Americans to live with them, but only if they dressed as Americans, and gave up everything that proved who they really were) The Declaration of independence even prevented the King of England from allying with the Indians, or helping them in any way. Here's what the actual text says about the King "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions" The reference to Native Americans as "merciless Indian savages" and the fact that the Declaration ...read more.

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Another historical fact that reveals the oppression against Native Americans; by 1969 four hundred treaties that were signed to protect the Native Americans had been broken. In November of 1969, a landmark event occurred. A group of Native Americans landed on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay with the intention of occupying it. They "offered to buy Alcatraz in glass beads and red cloth, the price paid to Indians for Manhattan Island over three hundred years earlier" The government responded six months later with federal forces that invaded and physically removed the Native Americans. This event, which occurred only fourty years ago, show that the Americans, aren't even all the way their yet themselves... ...read more.

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