Survival of the Fittest

Anita Cohen-Williams (IACAGC@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU)
Tue, 12 Sep 1995 22:26:14 -0700

I feel that Nick has made a bit of a generalization here. Not all the
Europeans tried to wipe out the American Indians. Some, like the Spanish,
sought to convert them, and use their labor to help settle the frontier.

In fact, what happened, was that the two groups intermarried, and the mestizo
culture that arose from the mixture did quite well on the frontier. We have
plenty of archaeological evidence to back this statement up, which I will
supply if asked.

Another interesting point is that the Apaches actually seemed to harvest the
Spaniards. They would hit the supply caravans and take the horses and material
goods, and then wait until the settlement recovered, and hit them again for
more material. The Apaches are regarded as a group that was quite successful
up through the early 20th century.

For bibliographic reference, I suggest Edward Spicer's CYCLES OF CONQUEST
(University of Arizona Press, 1962) to start with.

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