Manifest Destiny: The Rise Of America

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During the rise of America, the country started off with the small thirteen colonies on the of the east coasts before spreading to the rest of the country. We would call this event Manifest Destiney. The 19th century was the beginning of this, where people believed that as Americans they were destined to have the land stretch from coast to coast. By doing this the whites did everything in their power in order to pursue that destiny, this expansion also came included a dark side was present as well. Manifest Destiny’s dark side was the determination to do anything in their power in order to move farther out West no matter what or who got in their way. Indians remain the main group effect due to so called destiny. About the time white men first …show more content…
Manifest Destiny covered in the blood of million of slain men, women, and children from various tribes that were affected by the expansion of America or sometimes in pure fear by whites who does not understand anything that is different from them. One such example was the massacre of 1782 in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, which is known as the day of shame, where an estimated 90 Christian Indians had lost their lives. They were killed by whites who thought that the Indians were raiders that had struck in Pennsylvania earlier (hmbd). Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown the chapter war comes to the Cheyennes leading to the Sand Creek massacre when the Indians tried to do a peaceful surrender, yet still ended in bloodshed. On page 90 they sent out a six-year-old girl holding a white flag, but she was shot in the head only after a few steps. Killings of children and entire tribes did not satisfy them until the were able to gain their “destiny”. During that time, major battles have also taken place and the rise of famous Indian …show more content…
This battle began after the leaders agreed on the Fort Laramie Treaty, yet when the treaty also mention that they would have to be stationary living on the reservation. Leaders such as Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse rejected the system (NPS). Soon after tensions were high during 1874 and the government wanted the problem solved when they tried to purchase the Black Hills from the Lakota. Then, on June 24 General Custard lead his troops ahead of the other two groups instead of waiting as asked he was confronted with a great defeat as his unwell trained men were no match for the Indians. Crazy Horse was a fearsome Indian that fought against Indian removal to reservations before uniting with Sitting Bull, he joined the Cheyenne with a surprise attack against General Geroge Crook in 1876. After the news of his death, some were not surprised one such person was Touch the Clouds so said “ It is good. He has looked for death, and it has come.” (Powers). He has evaded capture until 1877 by surrendering but was killed during a fight with some soldiers. The other tribe leader Sitting Bull was able to outlive Crazy Horse, yet he still died as a reservation

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