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    Native Americans fought on both sides during the American Revolution. The Revolutionary War began with both sides adopting a policy of neutrality towards the Native Americans. However, their participation was inevitable, as Revolutionary War soldiers fought for control of North America, including traditional tribal lands. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) many Native Americans sided with the British and continued that alliance during the Revolution.

    Why did so many Native Americans choose to fight alongside the British? First and foremost, the Indian nations knew that an American victory would open territory and increase the tide of settlers on traditional tribal lands. The British also had more money with which to purchase tribal loyalty through trade gifts. Finally, the British already had influential agents and traders in place among the tribes.

    Congress authorized General Washington to recruit Native Americans. He employed them for scouting and harassment operations. A party of Oneida Indians reached Valley Forge in May. Some Native Americans joined the Revolutionary forces and fought face-to-face against British soldiers, particularly in the New England regiments.

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