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Thorough, Well Researched Review of George Washington and the American Indian
July 15, 2018
As the author highlights, biographies of George Washington do not effectively cover his interfaces with the American Indians. In fact, George Washington spent a lot of time interfacing with the Indians, in war and in peace through negotiations on peace treaties. This book covers all of it in a lot of detail. What comes through is that although George Washington tried to treat the Indian fairly, in fact the his ultimate goal was to take their land and turn them into farmers. Of course, this did not work, resulting in wars and movement of the Indians from their lands to the west of the Mississippi. Why? Settlers and land grabbers would move into the Indians land. This would cause conflict resulting in deaths on both sides, resulting in war with the US Government resulting in taking the Indians land. And, the cycle would continue. It is a sad part of history. And, this book lays it out from 1753, when Washington first interfaced with the Indians in war until his death in 1799. My only criticism of this book is that can get a little dense at times, and difficult to read. I found myself reading it and falling asleep. But, I finished it and it is worth the read. Telling this history is important to understanding our country.