What policy did the US government follow in driving the Indians westward?
- After the American war of independence and the formation of the USA, the White Americans began to move westward.
- They felt that this area could be cleared and turned into cultivated fields. Forest timber could be cut for export and mountains could be mined for gold and minerals.
- Then the US government opted for a policy to drive the American Indians westward first beyond the Mississippi river and then further west.
- Many wars were waged against Indians in which many Indians were killed and their villages were burnt.
- The Indians resisted, triumphed in many wars but were ultimately forced to sign treaties, give up their land and move westward.