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  •  when you read the history of the American West (4+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, Ahianne, kaliope, Wee Mama

    and the wars waged against the Indian Tribes that populated the Great Plains, you discover that our march westward was not, in fact, a long, constant and inexorable push westward...but rather a movement best described as pulsing, almost tidal.  The settlers pushed out beyond the defended frontier line, established settlements, incurred attacks, and retreated back to the east.

    Later the push westward would commence anew.  Sometimes entire counties were almost completely depopulated in the face of Indian aggression, as frightened settlers abandoned their farms for the security of points farther to the east.

    This went back and forth over a period of some 35 years until a sufficiently staffed, armed and determined Federal Army managed to subdue the Plains Tribes and open the great middle swath of America to settlement.

    In the end, it wasn't so much the Army as it was cholera and smallpox that decimated the Plains Indians to the point where they could no longer fend off the tide of Manifest Destiny.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

    by Keith930 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 05:01:36 PM PDT

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