Creek's Manifest Destiny

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The Creek Indians were a powerful and bold group of individuals that united to protect themselves from larger groups of Indians in the Southern region of America. Creek established towns could be found throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in woodland areas along winding creeks or rivers. As the Creeks settled in different areas, they took their culture with them. Their town square was used for many events: festivals, dances, rituals and even council meetings when the weather was permitting. One of the traditional festivals that the Creek held was the Green Corn Festival. During this festival, the religious gathering of the tribe members was to give thanks to the spirits for a great harvest and the weather. The nomadic tendencies …show more content…
With the Manifest Destiny attitude, Americans had a new sense of pride because of their recent separation from Europe. As the American’s self-pride grew, they began to want more land; the more land a country has, the more power the country has. As Americans grew greedy, the Creeks became targets in the “American take over” for land. Creek settlements were on the land that Americans wanted, and since the Americans wanted them gone, they forcefully removed the Creeks and other Indians. When the Americans forced them to leave the Indians relocated in Oklahoma where they began to start a new town and began to do the same as they did in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Once the Creeks were settled in Oklahoma the U.S. Army forced them to leave again. “The U.S. Army enforced the removal of more than 20,000 Muscogee (Creeks) to Indian territory in 1836 and 37” (Creek History). When the Americans removed the Indians from the land they wanted; at first the Indians had lost some power but as the years went on they began to grow because they were spread out all across America. The Creek Indians continued to have the same culture. They would get a town a certain size and then split in half to go build another town and would do the same process again and again. The Creeks had a democratic government and elected a chief. The chief that was elected would serve for a lifetime unless recalled. Each town that …show more content…
The Americans and the Indians did not want any trouble between the two groups. Angie Debo said in The Road to Disappearance "To other Indians the Creeks offered war or friendship with proud indifference”. The Creeks did not want any trouble but they were not afraid to have trouble. The Americans chose to be allies with some of the Creeks and the Creeks taught them how to grow crops and when to grow them. The Indians taught Americans new fighting techniques such as hiding and being tricky. Many Creek women married to British men and taught them the language and the cultures of Indians. The Creek women understood both the Indians and white ways and because of this if there were children many of them became Chiefs or great leaders for either a tribe or the whites. Alexander McGillivray was the son of a French and Creek woman and son of a Scottish man. Alexander was a chief and fought for many years to be allies with the

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