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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Extract from a report of the Secretary of War to the President of the United States

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07379 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: War Office Type: Manuscript document Date: 7 July 1789 Pagination: 6 p. ; 38.9 x 25.8 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07379 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: War Office Type: Manuscript document Date: 7 July 1789 Pagination: 6 p. ; 38.9 x 25.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Relays some observations "resulting from a general view of the Indian Department...with the hope that some of them might be considered as proper principles to be interwoven in a general System for the government of Indian Affairs." Discusses Indian land rights and boundary disputes, advocating for Indians to "possess the right of soil of all lands within their limits." Also discusses Indian sovereignty, western expansion, assimilation, gift-giving, missionary work, and managing United States-Indian relations.

Background Information:

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American WestAmerican StatesmenPresidentGovernment and CivicsAmerican Indian HistoryLand TransactionBoundary or Property DisputeGiftWestward ExpansionDiplomacyReligion

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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