Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carroll Bryant Milestone: Thanks Everyone

My blog has reached another milestone this year: Over 800,000 page views! Amazing! Many thanks to all of you. And to think, it only took 2 and a half years. Not bad. It's not Huffington Post numbers by any stretch, but still not bad. In all honesty, this blows my mind just as much as it may blow yours. To think, in my first month, I pulled in about a 1000 views and now .... here we are, just a couple hundred grand away from one million. With a little luck, maybe we could shoot for 900,000 before January 1st, 2015? We can try at least, right? ... Right? ..... Sure we could. Why not? Got anything better to do? .... Probably. But hey, at least we made it to 800K.

I guess this means the pressure is on to write better posts? .... Really? 

 Okay, I'll give it the old college try. 

Thanks again everyone.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Hoof: American Indians

Catecahassa or Black Hoof (c. 1740–1831) was the head civil chief of the Shawnee Indians in the Ohio Country of what became the United States. A member of the Mekoche division of the Shawnees, Black Hoof became known as a fierce warrior during the early wars between the Shawnee and Anglo- American colonists. Black Hoof claimed to have been present at the Battle of the Monongahela in 1755, when General Edward Braddock was defeated during the French and Indian War, although there is no contemporary evidence that Shawnees took part in that battle.

Little documentary evidence of Black Hoof's life appears in the historical record before 1795. He probably took part in the Battle of Point Pleasant during Lord Dunmore's War against the Virginia militia in 1774. During the American Revolutionary War, he may have taken part in the siege of Boonesborough in 1778, which was led by Chief Blackfish, as well as the subsequent defense of the Shawnee village of Chillicothe in 1779. In the Northwest Indian War, Black Hoof was defeated by "Mad" Anthony Wayne and, following the collapse of the Indian confederation, surrendered in 1795.

Like Little Turtle of the Miamis, Black Hoof decided that American Indians needed to adapt culturally to the ways of the whites in order to prevent decimation through warfare. During his later years, Black Hoof became an ally of the United States and was responsible for keeping the majority of the Shawnee nation from joining "Tecumseh's War", which became part of the War of 1812.

Black Hoof resisted the policy of Indian removal that the United States implemented soon after the War of 1812. He never signed a removal treaty, and continued to lead his tribe until his death in Saint Johns, Ohio in 1831. After his death, the Shawnee were eventually compelled to emigrate to the West.

Source: Wikipedia

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