Impact of Expansion on Native Americans

There were many ways that being forced out of their homes affected the Native American Indians. One of the ways that the western expansion really affected the Native Americans was that they were being pushed farther and farther off their own land in to rapidly decreasing areas to live on. This affected them greatly because they were forced to leave anything they couldn’t carry with them behind forever and also abandon anything that was built. The new land that they were forced on to was often much smaller and had worse living and growing conditions than their previous land.

Another way that the westward expansion affected the Native Americans was because those who refused to move were shot and killed in battles for the territory. There also was the spread of disease which killed many Native America.This reduced their population greatly and made it very difficult for the Natives to fight back.

The Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears

This image shows how Indians were pushed out of their native lands and further westward.