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Impact of westward movement on the American Indians (First Americans)
Manifest Destiny The notion that the United States was a superior country and had a right to invade, conquer, and occupy the North American continent and beyond.
During this period of westward migration, the American Indians were repeatedly defeated in violent conflicts with settlers and soldiers. They were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands.
Removal of the Indians Native Americans were viewed as “savages,” not only uncivilized but uncivilizable. Most whites hungry for valuable land wanted the Indians removed from east of the Mississippi River.
Seminoles Resisted The Seminoles had signed agreements with the US to resettle in the Indian Territory. Most left Florida, but a small minority resisted under the leadership of the chieftain Osceola.
A group of runaway slaves joined Osceola in his fights against removal. The Second Seminole War lasted from 1835 until 1843. The US lost about 1,500 soldiers and spent $20 million.