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  •  Individual colonies, and then individual (7+ / 0-)

    states, raised and supported troops to protect settlements against the Indians.  The nearly constant wars on the frontiers from the beginnings of white settlement until the French and Indian War were not fought by British professional troops.

    During the Revolutionary War, the fact that the British government sought out help from tribes that had a history of being pro-British, particularly among the Iroquois Confederacy and the "Civilized Tribes" of the southeast, was a rallying point for Americans in rebellion.  That fact that said rebellious Americans also sought Indian allies (the Stockbridge, the Catawba, the Mohawk and Oneida- which split the Iroquois) was conveniently ignored.

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    by algebrateacher on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:26:51 PM PST

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    •  I was talking about federal troops (2+ / 0-)
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      after the ratification of the constitution.

      •  The wars in the Northwest Territory and (2+ / 0-)
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        against the "Civilized Tribes" of the Southeast were conducted by federal troops and significant numbers of state- and territory-raised troops.  For example, Andrew Jackson did not command federal troops against the Creeks and other tribes.  He did not command federal troops until the War of 1812.  He raised his troops locally.

        Only a small portion of William Henry Harrison's army at the Battle of Tippecanoe was "federal."  The majority of his troops were Kentucky militia.

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        by algebrateacher on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:01:10 PM PST

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