Conflict in the West

Conflict in the West

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  • The Americans
  • But we can't keep giving all of our land away.
  • Take your people back to the reserves.
  • The Native Americans
  • We won't move away for you anymore.
  • Events - Part 1
  • In Little Bighorn, the Americans wanted to take even more of the Native Americans'  land. The Native Americans had been fighting back and protesting before the battle even happened. So, the Americans just decided that they would take the land by force. (again) Many of the men were racist and wanted the land for money, too. Lieutenant colonel George Custer wanted glory and fame, so he wanted to defeat the Natives in an epic battle.  
  • Events - Part 2
  • In Little Bighorn, the Native Americans wanted to get the Americans off of their backs. The Americans had been pushing and pushing for more and more land. The Native Americans were forced to keep moving, which took a toll on the children and they had to keep learning about the terrain and the animals in the new areas. The Native Americans were fighting to keep the Americans from bothering their lives any longer.
  • Results American Perspective
  • How could Custer lose?
  • The Americans underestimated how many Native Americans would be fighting. Custer did not account for all of the "non-reserve Indians" who would be with them. He wanted to be a gallant war-leader, so he charged in to take on the Native Americans. Before long, his troops were surrounded by the Native Americans. 
  • Results Native American Perspective
  • When all of the soldiers were surrounded, they still put up a mall fight against the Native Americans. They would have had a chance at winning the battle if Custer hadn't split the troops apart. When they began to start losing even faster and more and more people were dying, several American soldiers threw their weapons to the side and tried to surrender themselves. All of the Americans were killed off at the battle.
  • The Americans were completely in shock that the "handsome" and courageous George Custer lead his men to a loss to the Native Americans. They knew he took risks, but usually they worked out for him and he won. The loss was quick, but excruciating for all Americans.  The Americans wanted to beat the Native Americans because they couldn't lose to them right before the hundredth year of the United States.
  • I guess he ran out of that "Custer's Luck".
  •  The Battle of Little Bighorn is actually referred to by some people as the "Indians' Last Stand" because within the next 48 hours, the Native American tribe spit up because they didn't have enough grass and game for everyone to live off of. They all still celebrated the well-deserved victory. After the whole thing, some Native Americans went to the reserve anyway. By the end of the celebrating, there were only about 600 warriors.
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