The author has an impressive list of titles that deal with important periods in US history. This book provides a study of one of the key stages of US expansion in North America. Strongly Recommended.
NAME: Revolt at Taos, The New Mexican and Indian Insurrection of 1847 FILE: R2388 AUTHOR: James A Crutchfield PUBLISHER: Westholme Publishing, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 229 PRICE: US$29.95 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: US territorial expansion, new territories, Mexico, native Americans, Hispanics, Charles Bent, forts, volunteer US troops, regular US troops, President Polk ISBN: 1-78384-559-9 IMAGE: B2388.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/gmk2n62 LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: The author has an impressive list of titles that deal with important periods in US history. This book provides a study of one of the key stages of US expansion in North America. Strongly Recommended. When the British began establishing colonies in North America, other European countries had already been there for some time and much of North America was home to the native Americans who had arrived far earlier, across the land bridge that once linked America and Asia. As a result, the early settlers had to not only establish their towns and communities in hostile lands, but they had to fight communities that had already been established, blocking their expansion. The huge spaces of what became Canada included a strong French occupation in Quebec. Although any of the factions that formed Canada may from time to time make different claims, Canada was able to establish a working relationship that did not submerge French or native cultures. This new country also acted as a refuge for native Americans fleeing genocide in the US. There will be many views as to why Canada followed a different path from that taken by the British colonists further South, but there was no desire to break from the rapidly expanding British Empire, a distrust of the British colonists to the South and their use of slaves, a community that relied on trapping and agriculture, and a remarkable level of tolerance of others. In a great many ways, Canada was what colonial expansion should be, including the early change from colony to Dominion. The United States could be argued, from the same perspective, as everything colonization should not be Further South, British colonists had frequent differences with rule from London. This was largely based on economic greed and there were frequent examples of colonists crying out for military support from British troops against natives and colonists of other nationalities, coupled with a strong desire not to pay anything towards the cost of this support. Inevitably it led to civil war and US independence. The newly independent US suddenly had to fight to protect itself and fight to expand West. This in turn meant that a series of wars would be fought against established colonies of other nations and against the native Americans who had enjoyed freedom to roam the vast spaces of the American Continent for millennia. The pattern soon became well established. First, trappers and farmers migrated into neighbouring areas. Then they tried to form new American Territories. Finally they became new States that joined the United States of America. In the first stage the new settlers often received acceptance of whoever already occupied the land. After all, the spaces were enormous and a few settlers or hunters made little impact on whoever had arrived before them. The problems really began as the first settlers were joined by an increasing stream of new settlers who had heard the areas were attractive places to settle and exploit. The original population came to experience the great disadvantages of a greedy occupation and a desire to live by different laws. New Mexico was fairly typical of this form of expansion. In French areas and Russian colonies, the USA offered to buy the parent nations out, but in New Mexico and Texas this was considered unnecessary, with Spain no longer a world power in control of its colonies. Moving in more immigrants and establishing a US culture was a more attractive approach for the US Federal Government. As the settlements increased in number and size, forts were built, governors were appointed, while volunteer and regular US troops were sent to enforce the new rule. In Taos, the Hispanics and native Americans suffered increasing friction and inevitably they began to fight back. In doing this, they provided a level of excuse for the US to send increasing numbers of troops into the territory and to establish a legal system that then began to arrest dissenters and put them on trial, jailing or executing them. The author has presented a well-researched study of the revolt at Taos which had previously been air-brushed from American history. It makes interesting reading although many Americans might consider it 'un-American', or at least unwelcome, in opening a view into the darker side of the creation of a powerful nation in a very short period of time.