Definition of the Indian wars noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Indian wars

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the general name given to the various armed conflicts between Native Americans and people who later settled in America, mostly from Europe, and those who were descended from them. These battles began at Jamestown in 1622. The great Indian wars in the West were in the 1870s, with the final major battle in 1890 at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.