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The Plains Wars

The Plains Wars

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In the 1830s the Whites were happy for the Indians to live on the Plains
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Great American Desert
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1851 Fort Laramie Treaty - Indians agreed to stop attacking travellers heading West
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Policy of concentration
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Gold discovered in Montana led to Red Clouds war
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Bozeman trail 1862
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Stopped miners using the Bozeman trail and created the Great Sioux reservation
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Fort Laramie Treaty 1868
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The only good Indians I ever saw were dead'
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Exterminators like General Sheridan said
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Gold was discovered in the Black Hills
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1874
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Black Hills
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Sacred place for Sioux
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In charge of a 3 pronged attack at Little Bighorn
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General Terry
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Refused extra men and Gatling guns
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Custer
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was ignored by Custer who took a short cut and arrived a day early
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Terry's Plan
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George Armstrong Custer
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Had hopes of being the Democrats candidate for president
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Were tired from marching through the night
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Custer's men
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alerted the Indians to the 7th cavalry
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lighting fires to make coffee
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The Sious had Winchester repeater rifles
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Better weapons
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The Indians to run
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Custer expected
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Custer and around 225 men
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Killed at Little Bighorn
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Outwitted Custer by keeping 1000 warriors in reserve
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Crazy Horse
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Custer split his inferior sized force into 3 even smaller groups
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Tactical error
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