Thomas Jefferson 's Neutral Views Towards The Native Americans

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By the 19th century Thomas Jefferson’s neutral views towards the Native Americans were eliminated and many white Americans began to view the Indians as savages, the seventh president of the United States Andrew Jackson was no exception. Jackson wanted them to move out westward past the Mississippi river and be out of the way of the expansion of white settlement. White Americans were in agreement with Jackson’s plans to relocate the Natives because they feared that the tribes would interfere and create conflicts. The tribes that gave the government the most anxiety were The “Five Civilized tribes” which included the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw and the Choctaw. The “Five Civilized tribes” Inhabits Southern states such as Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. After being told to “assimilate or leave” the tribes decided to develop an enlightened society. The Cherokees went as far as creating their own written language and adopting a formal constitution that allowed them to have an independent Cherokee nation. “The removal and mass emigration of tens of thousands of human beings would occur when, where, and how Jackson decreed. And the financial inducements that would be required to obtain the assent of the Indian tribes and their chiefs would be negotiated and agreed upon by the executive, since the Removal act did not provide any hard guidelines.” The federal government worked to negotiate treaties with the Natives that would require them to move westward,…

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