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Daily Life during the Indian Wars (The Greenwood Press Daily by Clarissa W. Confer

By Clarissa W. Confer

From the colonial interval to the top of the nineteenth century, from King Phillip's warfare to the Wounded Knee bloodbath, struggling with among the yank Indians and the U.S. govt created upheaval within the daily lives of yank Indians, affecting every thing from exchange and meals to marriage, housing, and kinfolk life.The non-stop strength fight among precise cultures created the backdrop for the production of the U.S. we all know this day, in addition to the infancy of yank international coverage. lifestyle throughout the Indian Wars will immerse readers within the real tales of quite a lot of American Indian peoples as they fought to maintain every little thing they'd and held dear—their traditions, their lands, and their identities.

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The Pequot counted about 13,000 souls before contact, but by 1637 they could claim only 3,000 individuals. That would give them a 77 percent mortality rate. Society’s Decline As the Pequot faced what might have been their greatest challenge they were in a terrible state of flux. The arrival and continuing growth of the English colony in their region presented enormous challenges. At their very height, in their greatest strength, the Pequot would have had their hands full. The Englishmen possessed considerable advantages in technology, communication, organization, and sheer numbers.

The primarily English colonization of the Eastern Seaboard had expanded rapidly in a few decades and changed native life forever. The wars, which were the natural response of powerful people to an invasion, had devastated the native community. They could no longer follow their traditional pattern of life. Seasonal movement to support a hunting and gathering economy became impossible with the loss of land. Political structures, religious police systems, and social networks all failed in the face of rapid depopulation and fragmentation.

As in so many other wars the English used violence against Indians indiscriminately. Armed men frequently terrorized “praying Indians” as they called native Christian converts living near Puritan settlements. Just as they had in Virginia, whites struck out at the closest, most conveniently located Indians no matter their affiliation. This naturally brought many valuable allies to Philip’s side. It was the closest New England Indians would come to united resistance to European invasion. Tribal Rivalry Amazingly, it was not their technology or their numbers that allowed the English to defeat Philip and his forces.

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