The story of the West is not complete without an examination of those who staked their lives on preventing the westward expansion movement which dominated the 19th century.
Hundreds of thousands of people inhabited the North American continent when Columbus claimed this “new” land for his queen. The aborigines welcomed the newcomers at first, but as their lifestyles were inexorably changed and their very lives threatened by the disruption of migratory wildlife patterns and new diseases for which they had no resistance, they grew to distrust the interlopers and finally resist.
Included below are some articles and links to information which will hopefully enhance your understanding of the first Americans – past and present.
Along the upper Missouri in what is now North Dakota reside three Native American tribes which are today known as the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold. They live very near their ancestral lands, although much of it now lies beneath the water of the Garrison Dam. In many ways their history parallels that of most Indian tribes in the nineteenth century – their land was stolen, their resources exploited, and their lifestyle destroyed. But there is one big difference: they never resisted. Read more
Travel industry veteran Shebby Lee’s monthly travel blog covers a wide range of topics relating to travel, events, destinations and the history of the Great American West.