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Indians (Tales of the Wild West #3) [original ed]
Category: History: Native Americans
Author: Rick Steber
Copyright/published Year: 1987 by Bonanza Publishing
Description: According to popular theory the first inhabitants of north
America arrived during the last Ice Age. Between 15,000 and
40,000 years ago people are believed to have crossed from Asia to
North America on a natural land bridge, where the Aleutian Island
chain now exists. These people migrated south, hunting mastadons
and mammoths, giant ground sloths, camels and long-horned bisons.
They ate the meat and used the hide for clothing and shelter.
Their weapons consisted of rocks and obsidian-tipped spears. In
time the atlatl, a device used to throw spears or darts, was
developed. It was not until about 3,000 years ago that the bow
and arrow was introduced to North America.
On the eve of the white man's arrival the population of North
America, divided among 500 tribes, was estimated to exceed one
million. But the Europeans brought with them diseases from which
the native people had no natural immunity and plagues of
smallpox, fever, tuberculosis, measles and venereal disease swept
through the Indian nations with devastating results. Ninety
percent of the people died: entire tribes were wiped off the face
of the earth. Those who remained were rounded up and placed on
reservations. The way of life they had known for countless
centuries was doomed.
This is a used book.
'like new' used copy.
Minimal shelf wear. Original printing with solid color cover. Please see scan of cover
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