Essay on The United States Government

1395 Words Dec 5th, 2014 6 Pages
The United States Government used one saying to justify the persecution of millions Native Americans, Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the U.S. throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable. The doctrine caused the extinction of many tribes and their cultures. Some, however, were lucky enough to survive and continue their legacy. One such tribe was the Apache. Their name is believed to come from a Zuni word meaning enemy, and to the white men they were the enemy. “Although few in number… their reputation as tenacious defenders of their harsh and pitiless land was already well established,” (“Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, 11, Dee Brown). After many trials and tribulations the Apache Nation still stands strong. The Apaches may be fewer in number and there may still be pain in the hearts of many, but they survived and never again will they endure such pain. They have lost much due to Manifest Destiny but they have risen from the ashes, stronger than ever. Before the Indian Removal Act, the Apache were nomads. They were buffalo hunters that moved along with the herd when the seasons changed. “Early Apache inhabitants of the southwestern U.S. were a nomadic people; some groups roamed as far south as Mexico… For centuries (the Apache people were) fierce warriors, adept in desert survival, they carried out raids on those who encroached on their territory,” (“Apache”). The Apache consists of…

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