How Did The White People Treat The Native Americans

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Many of the Native tribes have always treated the white people with respect, yet the white people have always remained greedy. They are never satisfied. The greed and the disrespect of the white people and the United States is what caused them to suffered so much. To this day many natives live in reservations. The thousands of acres the tribes owned are now decreased to hundreds. One of the blackest chapters in American History is what happened to the Natives. The white people lied to the Native, took all their land, They used them for their wars and when the Indians needed help they turned their backs on them. But that’s not the end of it. The white people still remained hungry for more and even stole from the Natives. They disguised this …show more content…
They were torn out of their houses and forced to walk during the winter. They weren 't even allowed to pick up any coats, blankets, or anything else to keep them warm. Very few of them barely had any time to put on shoes. The Natives were told that the soldiers were kind people and that they would treat them with respect. But instead the Cherokee people were beaten, whipped, and shoved along the trail when they were not moving fast enough. "Ben Mcdonal, who was using his whip on a old feeble Cherokee to hasten him into the wagon. The sight of that old and nearly blind creature was too much for me"(Burnett, 1838-1839). John Burnett tells the tale of how he saw and old Cherokee being whipped because he wasn 't moving fast enough for the solider. There was a small amount of soldiers that actually cared about the Cherokee people. Most of them wanted to get this over with by any means possible. Even if that meant breaking the rule of "being kind". But the poor Cherokee people were used as long as the United Stated needed them but then just thrown away when they were done. "Chief Junaluska who saved President Jacksons life at the battle of Horse Shoe witnessed this scene, the tears gushing down his cheeks and lifting his cap he turned his face toward the heavens and said, "Oh my God, if I had known at the battle of Horse Shoe what I know now, American History would have been differently written""(Burnett, 1838-39). …show more content…
They would take some and then when they weren 't satisfied they would take even more. This hunger they had wouldn 't calm down, it grew and it grew and it didn 't stop until they had taken all of the Natives land. The United States would tell the Natives that they would pay them a certain amount every year in any form of payment the liked because they surrendered their land. But in reality they were not paying the Natives enough for that land. "For the considerations herein after mentioned, relinquished, and by these presents DO relinquish and cede to the United States. All the land in Illinois country the said tribe has heretofore possessed or which they may rightfully claim...The annuity heretofore given by the United States to the said tribe shall be increased to one thousand dollars, which is to be paid to them in either money, merchandise, provisions or domestic animals, at the option of the said tribe."(1803, www.gilderlehrman.org). The United States now has control over all the land that the Kaskaskia tribe has right over or that they claim. The treaty automatically surrenders all of it to the United States. The tribe was only getting 1000 dollars a year for all the land that they gave to the United States. That’s a fairly small amount for a large sized group of people. But even with all of that land the United States still isn 't satisfied. They want even more land. So they go out and break this

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