Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail

Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (HMWB2)

Location: Highland, KS 66035 Doniphan County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 51.84', W 95° 13.769'

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Many diaries of travelers on the Oregon-California Trail speak of good relations with Native Americans. Indians helped travelers by delivering their letters, pulling their wagons up steep banks, teaching them about edible plants, and keeping watch at night. Rather than fear the Indians, many travelers were fascinated by the native peoples.

There were several of them here, quite fine looking fellows...they were of the Sacs & Fox tribes. One was a chief, he was dressed in real indian stile (sic), had his hair shaved off all except the crown lock, which was tied up & ornamented with beads & feathers.
Lodisa Fizzell

At times there was conflict between native populations and travelers. It was upsetting to Native Americans that the buffalo were being scared away. The prairie was being overgrazed, and the small quantity of timber was being exhausted. Water resources also were limited.

In contrast to popular belief more Native Americans were killed by travelers on the trail than travelers killed by Native Americans. Native Americans were more threatened by disease than by guns.
HM NumberHMWB2
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 309306 N 4415041
Decimal Degrees39.86400000, -95.22948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 51.84', W 95° 13.769'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 51' 50.40" N, 95° 13' 46.14" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Elgin Rd, Highland KS 66035, US
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