Title page for ETD etd-11202012-040311

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rogers, Karen N.
URN etd-11202012-040311
Title The Indian neutral barrier state project :British policy towards the Indians south and southeast of the Great Lakes, 1783-1796
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Alexander, Michael A. Committee Chair
Shackelford, George Green Committee Member
Wallenstein, Peter R. Committee Member
  • United States - Old Northwest
Date of Defense 1987-08-05
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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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