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The Life of George Bent by George E Hyde is a very interesting and informative book This book is basically a chronological story of George bents life as a half white half Indian and all the experiences he had The Bent family plaid a large role in the development of the west There are many historic events however what I feel is the most important of these episodes to Colorado history is the Sand Creek Massacre I personally have mixed reviews on the book its narrative style and the events which it statesThe Bent family played a very significant role in the development of Colorado William Bent his father opened up Bents Fort for trading purposes The fort was one of a kind at the time Bents Fort was a permanent post as opposed to a temporary post or holding a rendezvous to trade goods Bents Fort was on the upper Arkansas River in the southeastern part of Colorado Here he began a relationship with the Indians that would last very long William Bent met owl women and had multiple children Owl women was a daughter of White Thunder a very prominent chief in the Cheyenne tribe White Thunder was the keeper of the medicine arrows this was a very sacred position among the Cheyenne people George Bent grew up as a Cheyenne but was later sent to St Louis Missouri by his father George had strong ties to his Indian heritage and after ten years would return to help in their fight for survival Years after returning George would marry Magpie black kettles niece He lived the life of Plains Indian for many years He was a part of the Crooked Lance war Society and would fight in several battles with the Cheyenne and the Arapaho There were many confrontations but perhaps one is more significant than the restIn the fall of 1864 the US committed in my opinion on of the worst acts
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