Natives And Buffalo

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n this project you will discover the importance of the buffalo to the
Native Americans and how the buffalo was wiped out with the Native
Americans. The buffalo provided the Native Americans with everything
they needed to survive and in return the people worshiped the buffalo
as if it was a god. To European settlers travelling across America's
Great Plains in the early 1800s, the prairie wind was a constant
companion: a gentle whisper echoing across the vast sea of grass that
carpeted the centre of the North American continent. Sometimes,
however, the rumbling of thunder could be heard in the distance, even
though no storm clouds could be seen. Then the ground would begin to
tremble and suddenly the astonished people would be... View More »

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the 1870s, they were shipping hundreds of thousands of buffalo hides
towards the east each year: more than 1.5 million were packed aboard
trains and wagons in the winter of 1872-73 alone.

"Buffalo" Bill Cody

"Buffalo" Bill Cody killed thousands of buffalo.

The commercial killers, however, weren't the only ones shooting the
buffalo. Train companies offered tourists the chance to shoot buffalo
from the windows of their coaches, stopping only when they ran out of
ammo or the gun's barrel became too hot. There were even buffalo
killing contests. In one, a Kansan set a record by killing 120
Buffalos in just 40 minutes. "Buffalo" Bill Cody, hired to kill the
animals, killed more than 4,000 buffalos in just two years.

Some U.S. government officials even promoted the killing of the bison
herds as a way to defeat their Native American enemies, who were
resisting the takeover of their lands by white people. One
Congressman, James Throckmorton of Texas, said that "it would be a
great step forward in the civilization of the Indians and the
preservation of peace on the border if there was not a buffalo in
existence." Soon, military commanders were ordering their troops to
kill buffalo, not for food, but to stop the Native Americans their own
source of food. One general believed that buffalo hunters "did more to
defeat the Indian nations in a few years than soldiers did in 50." By
1880, the slaughter was almost over. Where millions of buffalo once
roamed, only a few thousand buffalos remained. Soon, their numbers
dissapeared, with the largest wild ...

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