And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Had to look up is bio. He represented his tribe well. It's a shame he had to deal with the destroyer Gen. Sheridan. Good post, cw.ReplyDelete
Never surrender. Never go to the enemy's camp under any circumstance, as Crazy Horse unfortunately found out.ReplyDelete
There were probably fellow Kiowas that told Santanta that, but what could he do? The Americans were an irresistible force, and since they couldn't be stopped militarily, only through negotiations could some sort of independence be saved for the tribe. He did what he had to do. It's too bad that before he came to this conclusion, he and his buddies indulged in the traditional raiding and killing activities of all the plains indians, and that he bragged about it, so that the Americans knew. The whole story is a fascinating tale of the conflict between a stone age society charging headlong into the not so welcoming arms of a for that time modern nation state.Delete