No doubt, People who haven't read up on the topic always think the Native tribes have been in their ancestral hunting grounds since time began, the reality is very different. The Shawnee were widely dispersed in the 1600's with some of them living in the Carolinas, other parts of the tribe in Alabama. The Miami ended up in Western Wisconsin. The Delaware and the Wyandot were forced south into the Ohio Valley.As Hoosier mentioned the Iroquois destroyed or dispersed several other Indian nations in the Beaver Wars. The Chippewa made serious war on the Sioux and drove them out of the Great Lakes Country, for the furs ( and they also drove the Iroquois back east from former Huronia). The Sioux in turn made serious war on the Indians already on the Plains, for example driving the Kiowa out of the Black Hills and down to south of the Platte River. And they and the Cheyenne (who had also been run out the woods by the Chippewa) made genocidal war upon the Pawnee who eventually had to move south to Oklahoma to get away from them.
Meanwhile the Comanche moved onto the southern Plains and did their best to destroy the Apaches, most of whom gave up living on the Plains and moved west to New Mexico and Arizona.
Almost everybody in the Great Lakes Country, Indians and French both, tried to exterminate the Fox Indians and almost succeeded.
These are but a few examples. This was serious business; people didn't flee hundreds of miles because war was symbolic.
I'm afraid that is a romanticized version of the Native tribes, it wasn't the white people who trapped and hunted the beaver and otter out of the existence in the Midwest, it was the native tribes trapping and trading these furs for guns, powder and other trade goods. Only when the whites reached the Rocky mountains did white trappers cut out the middle man and trap the animals themselves.The settlers viewed the natural world as an asset whose sole purpose was to enrich mankind. They had no reservations about altering the earth to suit their purposes, nor did they believe that the wild game were spiritual beings and therefore they were perfectly content to hunt populations out of existence all the while wasting much of the carcasses. To the native observer, this was highly offensive to their sense of a higher power who benevolently organized the land and its creatures and placed the inhabitants in stewardship.
IN the east- the Iroquois confederacy ruthlessly crushed all competing tribes within a large swath of territory-Generally speaking, was violence between American Indian tribes worse than violence between whites and American Indians in terms of war crimes perpetrated?
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