The Founding Fathers certainly studied their history, drawing upon influences from ancient Rome to John Locke to help create their fledgling country. Yet the ideas the Founding Fathers got from Native Americans hardly ever receive due credit from historians, though their democratic procedures largely shaped the democracy Americans know today. As the European settlers waged centuries of war against the “savages” in the Americas while stealing their land and slaughtering innocent people, they also ripped off their ideas. Whose ideas were the Founding Fathers influenced by? The most influential group was the Iroquois, who created the first participatory democracy in North America.
The Native influence on the Founding Fathers provided them with numerous ideas about democracy and politics, and is probably something you never knew about America's founding. Native Americans shaped the Founding Fathers' conception of a successful republic and even the symbols of a new nation. Yet, in the end, they remain shut out of history books in favor of the Magna Carta and ancient Greeks. But no longer will the influence of the Iroquois people be pushed to the side of American history.
The Founding Fathers Stole Political Systems From Native Americans
Some Saw Native Americans As Vicious, Bloodthirsty, And Barely Human
The Bloody Indian Wars Lasted For Four Centuries
But Some, Like Benjamin Franklin, Complimented Native Americans