How was the history of the Native Americans impacted by the American Revolution?

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Native American history was affected by the results of the American Revolution. Prior to the Revolutionary War, the British prevented the colonists from moving west of the Appalachian Mountains. Once the war ended, the Americans moved into this region. This led to conflict with the Native Americans. We believed the British and the Spanish were encouraging some of the Native Americans to attack us.

In one battle near Toledo, Ohio, in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Anthony Wayne led the Americans to victory against the Native Americans. As a result, the Treaty of Greenville was signed. The Native American gave up land and moved west.

As Americans continued to move west, Native Americans became more alarmed. Tecumseh tried to organize the Native American tribes into a confederation. However, when William Henry Harrison defeated the Native Americans in the Battle of Tippecanoe, Tecumseh’s dream died. As time passed, we continued to view the Native Americans as obstacles to growth and progress. This led to the harsh policies of Andrew Jackson resulting in the Trail of Tears and the forced relocation west of the Mississippi River.

The results of the American Revolution negatively impacted the Native Americans.