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Why did Tecumseh try to save his people?


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August 04, 2007 5:36PM

Tecumseh, a Shawnee chief, knew that the expansion of the white man into Indian territory had to be stopped for the Indians to survive. They could only survive by banding together. Further, no one talks about the fact that many people who entered this frontier at that time had little or no regard for treaties made by a US government too weak to truly protect them from Indians, and a government where those involved in trade didn't want to see the Mississippi and Ohio rivers opened to trade with foreign countries because that would undermine their own monopoly on trade.Further, the people who first moved west were mostly desperate and poor"illegal" immigrants.