Re: Survival of the Fittest

Robert Johnson (johnsorl@COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 02:49:19 -0600

On Tue, 12 Sep 1995, Anita Cohen-Williams wrote:

> 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.

You're right, not everyone believed in genocide. Some, like the
Spanish, believed in the more practical "solution" of slavery.

> 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.

Yes, you and Jack Williams are getting to be quite the entreprenuers
in the "archaeology" business. How do you have time for "science"
when you're busy making package tours?

> 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.

Actually the Apaches were resisting slavery and cultural genocide.
Your views of a reciprocal "harvest" in the West are the legacy
of racism in the American educational system.
Yes, the Apaches were quite successful until hunted down and
systematically murdered by the U.S. Army.
No wonder you ban me from your lists at Arizona State.

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

Not to be used as a handy "desk reference" for soft-pedaling

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