General Statement of Indian Policy

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Date January 4, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary In a comprensive statement of Indian policies, Knox discusses the cost of war and peace with the Indian Nations along the Southwestern frontier. He speculates on the size of an army necessary to engage hostile Indians along this vast expanse of territory. He concludes that peace and diplomacy are more cost effective than war. He references the practice of providing gifts to subjugated people by European nations which he believes to be the safest way to manage Indians.
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