What Role Did Native Americans Play In The Revolutionary War?

In the Revolutionary war, the Native Americans played a role based on which they hoped to protect their homelands from the expropriation of colonists.

To make that happen, many of their groups fought from the British Crown’s side.

But, did it mean that they had a love for British rule?

No, absolutely not. 

What Role Did Native Americans Play In The Revolutionary War
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They did it only for their self-interests.

Because in 1763 British authority declared a Royal Proclamation for Native American’s land protection.

Through that proclamation, the British Parliament prevented colonists’ aggression from Indians’ homelands.

The royal proclamation restricted colonial expansion beyond the Appalachian Mountains.

Those Native people had a fear that if the British rule was ended by the revolutionaries, then preventing colonists’ expansion from their land would become impossible.

Although, they didn’t come into participation in the beginning part of the revolutionary war.

They entered the war when there was some attack that started happening on them from the revolutionaries’ side.

As per some historical sources, a few Native Americans also joined from the revolutionaries’ side.


What Was The Outcome of Their Joining In The War?

In the revolutionary war, the Britsh Empire had to face heavy defeat against American revolutionaries.

So, the Indians too.

As a result, Britain had to leave the rule of the 13 colonies.

Once the British left the colonies, a new government came into power, whose actions were against Indians’ interests.

They started taking some hostile actions against natives.

Especially, the new government drove them away from their old living compatible homelands to some bad, in-compatible areas.

Even the new government was so vindictive towards them that if Indians opposed any of their decisions, they were even killed.

All in all, we can say, Indians joining the war didn’t prove right for them.


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