Dragging Canoe Analysis

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Not many know about Dragging Canoe and the battle he fought during the American Revolutionary War. The Native American’s role in the Revolutionary War was very important, but not well known. As a result, the Revolutionary War can come across as one-sided. Dragging Canoe fought for the Native American’s existence in the colonies. First, he was strongly opposed to Henderson’s Purchase or also called the Transylvania Purchase. Secondly, Dragging Canoe’s raid at “Battle of the Bluffs” became an issue for the colonists. And lastly, there was negotiating done between the British and Colonists would somehow effect Dragging Canoe, his warriors, and the future for the Native Americans.
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There were some that saw the Henderson purchase as a financial gain; and there were some, including Dragging Canoe that saw the Purchase as a mistake that could lead to Cherokee extinction (Bender). First off, the land that Henderson wanted was hunting ground to all the Cherokee Indians and other Indian tribes on that land (Bender). Whether there were Indians that were for the idea of selling about 20 million acres of land; the fact is, Indians needed that land to live and strive off of (Bender). If that land was sold off, and it was, the quality of Cherokee life would decrease as Dragging Canoe predicted (Bender). Dragging Canoe was against this idea because it could and did effect the Cherokees negatively (Bender). What made this situation even harder for Dragging Canoe was that his father, Attakullakulla and war leader Oconostota were all for the idea of selling off Indian land and signed the deal (1). But there was a problem with the signing of this deal; the Cherokee law.…show more content…
The “Battle of the Bluffs” was exactly this. Even though there were Indians that agreed with Henderson’s purchase, that did not mean some were not planning for war time like Dragging Canoe (Bender). What made Dragging Canoe a brutal and difficult opponent was his strong opposition to this deal and the white settlers: this would make for a truly bloody battle (Heape). On April 2nd,1781, Fort Nashborough was attacked by Dragging Canoe and his war party (Bender). This was known as the “Battle of the Bluffs” which, was an Indian raid on Fort Nashborough (Bender). Fort Nashborough was created by the Robertson/Donelson forces in 1780 to protect against Indian attacks (Bender). Besides preventing further Indian attacks, the main reason for setting up camp at Fort Nashborough, was to meet up with Robertson’s group (Bender). This could possibly be an advantage for the two groups because of strength in number. Dragging Canoe had to think long and hard on how to attack the colonists. Two colonial forces were about to unite and that could be an end for the Indian tribes. The dilemma for Dragging Canoe was how was he going to have an advantage over the colonists (Bender). Just attacking white settlers would not be enough to win. In fact, Dragging Canoe used the Revolutionary war to his advantage by resisting colonial forces taking over Cherokee territory (Bender). Another advantage

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