Title page for ETD etd-11202012-040311
|Type of Document
||Rogers, Karen N.
||The Indian neutral barrier state project :British policy towards the Indians south and southeast of the Great Lakes, 1783-1796
||Master of Arts
|Alexander, Michael A.
|Shackelford, George Green
|Wallenstein, Peter R.
- United States - Old Northwest
|Date of Defense
Great Britain’s policy towards British North America between 1783 and 1796 reflected the
confusion caused by the loss of the thirteen Atlantic seaboard colonies. Britain proposed the Indian
neutral barrier state project in an attempt to solve post-American Revolution British imperial and
Anglo-American problems. According to the plan the American 'Old Northwest' would have
become an Indian neutral barrier state between Canada and the United States. With the barrier
state project, Great Britain hoped to regain limited control over the vast territory she had ceded to
the United States in the Peace Treaty of 1783. Britain desired control over this region for two main
reasons: 1) the protection of Canada from both Indian and American raids, and 2) control over the
fur trade. This work traces the development of the barrier state project from the conclusion of the
American Revolution until the end of the British presence in that region in 1796.
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