Volckert P. Douw to General Schuyler about Indians
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Letter. Volkert P. Dowd to Philip Schuyler
New York State Library, NYSL_SC19811_B1_001
Letter from Volckert P. Douw to General Schuyler about James Deane and Indian representatives from the seven tribes from Canada, April 15, 1776.
Prior to the American Revolution, Great Britain had adopted a policy of minimal interference with Native American tribes. After the French and Indian War, the British imposed the Proclamation Line of 1763 on the American colonists. This line restricted the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, thus minimizing conflicts with Native American groups. Many Native American groups sided with the British during the American Revolution because colonists had repeatedly attempted to settle in Native American territory. The British appeared to be the party more willing to restrict westward movement and preserve the territory of the Native Americans. However, there were some tribes that did side with the Americans.
Why were some Native American tribes willing to help the Americans during the Revolutionary War?