Discuss the major campaigns and battles fought between Native Americans and U.S. forces in the American West from 1865 to Wounded Knee.
response should be at least 200 words in length. All sources used, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.
Indian wars took place in the American West mainly after the Civil War was over. Before that time, most white pioneers were in a big rush to get across the Great Plains to find gold in California or to make new homes and farms for themselves in the Oregon Country. So there were not that many violent conflicts with the Indians. However, after the Civil War, as a result of the Homestead Act (1862) which provided basically free land to settlers, many whites (and some freed blacks) moved out onto the Great Plains. Gold was also discovered in places like Pike's Peak in Colorado and the Black Hills ...
Whites and Indians fought wars for control of the American West after the U.S. Civil War. The Indians for reasons described were the ultimate losers. The major campaigns and battles fought between Native Americans and the U.S forces in the American West from 1865 to Wounded Knee are discussed.