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AMERICAN WEST: CATTLE RANCHING

Key Question 4: Why did white Americans and the Plains Indians find it so hard to
reach a peaceful settlement?

Did all white Americans have the same attitudes towards the Plains Indians?

Generally, white Americans regarded the Plains Indians as being inferior to them. Even
President…

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nuisance and simple changed their policy in order to satisfy their ever-changing greedy
demands.


What caused the Battle of Little Big Horn?

There had been rumours of gold in the Black Hills for many years and when General Custer
was put in charge of the soldiers sent to protect railroad…

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where, rather than violently attacking the Indians, they destroyed the buffalo and their
resources so that the Indians were forced to go into reservations quietly. Secondly, they
launched winter campaigns which attacked the Indians when they were at their most vulnerable
(the Americans were sheltered from the cold by their…

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