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March 14, 2015
Posted at 10:26 am


Figure 1 of the annex of "The 400 Year War" is titled "Influences on the 400 Year War between the American Indian Tribes and the European Settlers." It is a capsulized spreadsheet covering the entire timeline of 1492 - 1892 expressed in 25 year intervals with the periods of various influences that shaped the conflict blocked in to present the overall pattern in a simple visual graph. It will be part of the package that will be in the Annex to be attached to the story at the completion of the project. I consider it to be a sort of guideline to the existing facts and as such is not biased for either side of the conflict.
However, I do have some observations and some tentative conclusions about the value prioritization of the influences that are admittedly more subjective than objective. Readers might look at the same facts and discern a different pattern and rightly so because in learning more about any subject individuals form their own opinions and come to their own conclusions. So accept my conclusions only to the extent that I profess to not having any agenda in forming them.
There are 30 influences that I have categorized in this graph of specifics facts over a period of 400 years. Some of them are highly influential and others are merely tangential to the end result.
I have concluded that the single most impactful influence was the shift in demographics and population contrast during the entire 400 year war. Contained within this influence is the sub-influence of "Exposure to Disease" that in my opinion is the primary reason for the resulting shift. I have noted 3 other primary influences on the outcome as (1) The French and Indian Wars, (2) Western Migration (Manifest Destiny) and (3) Broken Treaties and Forced Displacement.
To a less important degree, I consider other consequential influences to be (4) Slavery, (5) Spanish Withdrawal, (6) American Revolution, (7) Louisiana Purchase, (8) French Revolution, (9)Loss of Buffalo and (10) Lack of Sufficient Firepower
All throughout the period, the tendency for (Intertribal Warfare) acted as a negative factor for the American Indian Tribes and it was manipulated by the European Settlers and the rising American military forces to sow seeds of discontent amongst the Tribes to keep them at odds with each other.
In my estimation from looking at the data, the crisis point was during the French and Indian Wars of the period 1750 - 1768 when a number of the Indian Tribes were involved either on the side of the English or of the French in a struggle for dominance in the New World. Spanish influence was already waning with the possible exception of California and Texas where Catholic missions were still flourishing. From that point forward, the American Indian Tribes were facing a stacked deck of changing times that could only result in their eventual loss of power and prestige and most of the lands they had held for hundreds of years.
The chart on Figure (1)is also divided into 3 separate timeframes or parts. Part (1) is described as the "Period from discovery to the beginnings of the French and Indian Wars.", part (2)is described as "the period of the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution" and part (3) is described as "The post American Revolution period.
The story will spend about 6 chapters on part (1), 7 chapters on part (2)and the final 7 chapters will be devoted to part (3). I will add the Annex to a possible e-book of the story as well as an introduction and an epilogue. All of the text content will be available for free to SOL readers and the annex will be forwarded to any interested readers at no charge. I welcome any comments or suggestions and consider them for inclusion in the story as it is written. I have already received dozens of suggestions and have been gratified by the positive response.
RW Moran, USMC Retired (March 2015)