How Did American Settlers Justify Taking Land From Native Americans?


How Did American Settlers Justify Taking Land From Native Americans?

Answer In Short & Quick:

1. According To European Origin American Settlers, Natives Were Not Using The Lands In The New World For Their Good, Though They Should Do. For This Reason, It Is The Europeans’ Divine Right To Take Control Over The Lands And Use Them For Their Own Benefit.

2. Secondly, After The 13 Colonies’ Independence From Great Britain And The Formation of The United States of America, The New Government Became Hostile Towards The Natives. Because During The Revolutionary War’s Time, They Supported & Fought Battles From British Crown’s Side. In This Case, They Brought Various Policies To Remove Natives From Their Own Lands. For Example, In 1830, The United States Government Passed The ‘Indian Removal Act’ To Depart Natives From Their Own Places.

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Based on two different time periods, here we will discuss American settlers’ (or Europeans’) justification of taking lands from Native Americans.

The time periods are:

1. The beginning period of Europeans’ colonization (1500-1700) in the new world.

2. The second time period begins after the independence of the 13 North American colonies from their mother country Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America (After 1776).

So let’s light over these two time periods and their justification:

How Did American Settlers Justify Taking Land From Native Americans
How Did American Settlers Justify Taking Land From Native Americans

1. Beginning Period of Europeans’ Colonization (1500-1700)

In 1492, an Italian-Spanish navigator, explorer named Christopher Columbus discovered the new world by mistake while finding a sea route to Asia.

Commotion struck once the news reached Europe.

From the 1500 century, in countries like Great Britain, France, Germany, and Spain, people started migrating to the new world with the hope of better life and also for establishing colonies.

At that time, there was no lack of land to live on the continents (New World).

The Native people who lived there did not have a massive population that could cause problems of living and working.

Either way, they were not using those lands for cultivation because of their primary dependency upon hunting. 

European immigrants justified the native people in the new continents were not using those lands properly, nor did they feel its necessity.

Therefore, it was the Europeans’ divine right to take control over the lands and use them for their own benefit.

Even those people believed that God has sent them to the new world so that they could use the lands and natural resources there.

[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? Christopher Columbus Discovered America By Mistake While Finding A Sea Route To Asia. For The First Time When Columbus Encountered Some of The New World’s Aboriginals, He Thought Them Indians. Seeing Their Body’s Little Red Color, He Named Them ‘Red Indians’. However, Later, Those People Got Recognized With ‘Native American’ Name]

Why Would Some Not Want To Be Independent From Britain

2. After The Independence of The 13 British North American Colonies (After 1776)

From the middle of the 18th century, American Revolution began against the autocratic rule of Great Britain.

During this period of time, the Native people here supported the Empire of Great Britain against the colonists (or revolutionaries) of the 13 colonies.

Even Natives had taken up arms for fighting against revolutionaries.

But whatever they did, not prove to be good for them.

In the year 1776, the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain and formed their new nation, the United States of America.

With a new government, the people of the new nation became hostile to the Natives. Their government also took some major actions against natives’ interests.

One of the actions was to depart them from their own lands.

Colonists and the new government justifiedBecause the natives supported the British rule, so they have no right to stay in this new country and claim any convenience

Via this justification, the United States federal and state governments deported many hundreds of thousands of Native American families from their own compatible lands to some unfavorable areas.

1830’s Indian Removal Act was one of the initiatives to fulfill the purpose. 


So these were the two justifications from the European American settlers’ side.

I hope now you have got your answer.


  1. It is so sad that all of this was allowed to remove the american indian as the government did and not giving the american indian what they had promised. My grandmother is american indian and she had to struggle all her life to just live in this country. shame shame shame on you america.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. It was just wrong no matter how we tried to justify it. It was just stealing. I’m ashamed of what we so called Americans did.

  3. they had no right to do what they did, but all through history Europeans took what belong to others and make it theirs, way back even with religion which was created to rule people and keep them in line with the ways of Europeans.


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