How Did The American Revolution Affect Indians

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Historians normally give the perspectives of the American Revolution from those that were living in the thirteen colonies. In Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution we are able to see the American Revolution from a different side not normally seen which involves the war fought in the Gulf Coast region. Duval focuses on the Revolution’s impact on people in Louisiana and Western Florida. We learn from the eight characters that the American Revolution was more than just colonial independence but rather a decision based on who they would want as a future neighbor and potentially a ruler. This contest for the region by the multiple empires as well as Native American’s and African Americans would result in “independence” …show more content…
We eventually see that the British lose the war and that the Indians are by themselves still fighting and that the destiny and future of their lands is in their hands rather than the success of the British. The Indians prove this by later forming an alliance with the Spanish in order to help their Southern Confederacy. “Becoming the kind of Southern Confederacy that McGillivray had in mind would prove much more controversial” (298). Native Americans would lose protection from all over and this would cause them to lose their land once the war ended. With the Americans striving for their independence this would cause others such as the Native Americans and European empires to find the right balance of independence and dependence. Native Americans and Europeans would eventually both lose in North America and it becomes evident that this “revolution” had only benefited one empire. Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution gives us insight to a side of the war we normally do not hear about. We come to learn though how important the war on the Gulf Coast turned out to be and how many lives were affected by the outcome of this

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