NELIN T.V. Indian Policy of John Adams Administration: Treaties with the Indians

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2016.3.4

Timur V. Nelin

Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Political Science and Area Studies,

Volgograd State University

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Abstract. In this article the author examines the treaties that were concluded with the Native Americans in the period of John Adams presidency. Treaties with the Natives can be a good source for the study of the US Indian policy. They help to understand the character of Indian-white relations, the attitudes of Federal authorities towards certain Indian nation, the actual problems of the Frontier and so on. Unfortunately the policy of the second President of the USA toward the Native Americans is investigated not so good as the policy of other Presidents of Early American Republic. The study of the treaties helps to know more about John Adams Indian policy. In the years of his presidency only few agreements were signed with the Native American tribes. These were the Mohawk, the Seneca, the Oneida of the Iroquois Nation and the Cherokee. The procedure of Indian-white agreements was well developed until 1797 year. And John Adams administration did not explore something new in this question. The second President of the United States adopted the George Washington’s principals of dealing with the Natives. But in fact he had to consider the internal and external situation in the country. The treaties with the Indians, concluded by the administration of John Adams did not become a bright episode of American history. However they helped to reduce tensions in US-Indian relations.

Key words: U.S. history, John Adams, Native Americans, Indian policy, treaties with Indian tribes, Iroquois, Cherokee.

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