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March 28, 2015
Posted at 8:33 am
 

Notes on "The 400 Year War"

Currently, the story "The 400 Year War" has 8 chapters already released and chapter 9 will be issued this weekend. Part 2 or the middle part of the story is contained in chapters 7 thru 13 and deal with the crucial period of the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution. A reader review reminded me that in chapter 7 I did not give as robust a fictionalized account as in the other chapters. That was a mistake on my part and I hope chapter 8 already published and all of the remaining chapters will be much improved in that regard. I will be certain to re-write the fictional account in chapter 7 before the story is concluded. I have collected almost 300 photos and paintings of the period as well as charts, graphs and maps and will publish a good portion of it in the annex to the 20 chapter story. As a separate project, I am compiling a short background annex on 25 of the most influential tribes in conflict over the period of the 400 year war in the "lower 48". The "lower 48" refers to the 48 states that comprise the mainland of the United States proper exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii. This story does not really treat the status of Indian tribes in Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and any Central American or South American locale including Islands offshore. Some of the tribes involved in the conflict in the "lower 48" did exfiltrate to Canada and adjacent areas but I am only addressing their activities inside the borders of the United States with the possible exception of activities that spilled across the Canadian border into French territory during the French and Indian Wars. There are a lot of "concepts" and tangential circumstances that have influenced the outcomes of this conflict and I have addressed a number of them in the graph of Figure 1 which will be an annex to this story. I have noticed that a number of so-called "historians" have emphasized the huge genocidal decrease in the Indian population and I am not much at odds with that except for the fact that they are ignoring the rise of the European population figures over the same timeframe. I prefer to think of it in terms of opponent ratios rather than raw figures of population rises and declines. I suspect the enhanced population figures for Indian Tribes was the "tail wagging the dog" to reinforce the "genocide" argument. Regardless of the agenda, the figures do point out the rapidly changing opponent ratios and I have concluded that the change in population is most likely the foremost influence on declining Indian Tribe fortunes. It is the underlying reasons for those changes that I have some disagreement with in terms of how the data is historically presented in current day textbooks.
One of the surprises I discovered in the research was that the pivotal battle of Fort Niagara was underappreciated in the French and Indian Wars and that the far away defeat of the French navy in the waters off the French coastline by the British navy was the final nail in the coffin for the hopes of the French Settlers in the area of "New France" for eventual victory. The Indian Tribes were heavily invested in the outcome and they never fully recovered from their backing of the wrong horse in this fateful war. In fact, it was this error in judgment that led to their overall neutrality in the American Revolution further distancing themselves from any degree of mutual interest against outside influences. In at least two instances, the French were able to win a crucial battle but those wins only insured the eventual loss of the war because their strategy was basically flawed. The possibility exists that they were devious enough to foresee all of this coming to pass because their support of the American colonists in the fight against the British in the American Revolution was a "softening up" of American resistance to their dream of extending "New France" all the way from their defeat in Canada down the Ohio River Valley right up to the enclave in New Orleans claiming lands bordering on the Mississippi River system. If they had been successful in that it would have cut off expansion of the English colonies west and the entire concept of "Manifest Destiny" would have never been possible.