The War Between The British And The Indigenous People

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In 1812, a war began between the British and the Americans; this greatly affected the Indigenous people living in the areas that were being fought on. The British side looked at the Indigenous as possible allies but overall wanted to leave them out of the fight, but that ended up not being the case because the Indigenous people became important allies for the British. The American side did as the British side when it came to trying to leave the Indigenous people out of the war, but the ended up using the Indigenous peoples like the British because they realized that if they did not the British would and the Indigenous became important for the possibility of winning the war. Many indigenous peoples did not really care for the war and only …show more content…
For Britain that meant that, the Americans had more authority of these people in the area than the British did. The view of the Piqua Agency is important for an Indigenous look at the American side of the war of 1812 because it shows the participation and it shows how the Indigenous dealt with Americans and tried not to get involved with the violence. The Americans did try to sway the Indigenous people to come to Piqua to attend the council and the Americans did this to keep the Indigenous in their favour and to destroy the alliance with the British. The alliance was not completely destroyed because some ended up going and many “took a wait-and-see approach to a war that presented many variables.” At Piqua the Americans wanted Indigenous people to be neutral and if they joined with the British there would be consequences of removal. This proves that Americans want the Indigenous peoples to stay out of the way but the Indigenous cannot because they war is on some of their land and there are settlers that are occupying some of their land. The Indigenous peoples know that the Americans want the land going west.
In the source “Indian Removal and the Transformation of Northern Indiana”, the British are shown to play a big role in the Indigenous involvement of the war of 1812. Most of the Potawatomi in Northern Indiana supported Tecumseh and that meant that they supported the British. They choose to support the British because they believed in Tecumseh and so did other Indigenous groups, once the movement fell apart the land was no longer fought over and Indiana became a state. This affects the Indigenous choice to go into the war because their land

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