Daily Life during the Indian Wars

Daily Life during the Indian Wars

Daily Life during the Indian Wars

Daily Life during the Indian Wars

Synopsis

Presents the true stories of a wide range of American Indian people who fought to preserve everything they had and held dear - their traditions, their lands, and their identities.

Excerpt

This book covers a large scope of time and place in examining daily life during the Indian Wars. The study of war could be endless; however, here the focus is on the series of conflicts between Native American nations or tribes and the Euro-American forces of the various governments who claimed possession of the region of the United States. From the 1600s through 1900 Indians fought armies representing various colonies, France, Britain, and the United States. Countless individuals fought and often died in struggles with individual settlers that are outside the story presented here. Also, native groups routinely contested each other for access to territory, resources, and prestige, but that is a separate subject.

The idea of war is a familiar concept to most readers. Causes, combatants, and outcomes vary but violence, bloodshed, and death reverberate through the centuries of warfare. The focus of the history of wars is usually on the soldiers and the battles they fought. However, that is viewing war in a vacuum. The reality is that societies fight wars, engage in epic struggles for dominance or survival, and exist through the experience. An understanding of daily life in the wars must include a comprehension of the native groups affected, including culture, economic strategies, social organization, and the political pressures and decision making that led them to conflict. The majority of people in a warring society do not fight.

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