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When the Civil War came to an end the frontier line was still wavering westward A long fringe of settlement ran roughly north through central Texas and on to the Canadian border Between this serrated line and the settled areas on the Pacific slope there were virtually no white people The few exceptions were the islands of Mormons in Utah occasional trading posts and gold camps and several scattered Spanish-Mexican settlements throughout the Southwest Sprawling in expanse the Great West was a rough square that measured about 1000 miles on each side Embracing mountains plateaus deserts and plains it was the habitat of the Indian the buffalo the wild horse the prairie dog and the coyote Twenty-five years later the entire domain had been carved into states and the four territories of Utah Arizona New Mexico and the Indian Territory or Oklahoma Pioneers flung themselves greedily on this enormous prize as if to ravish it Never before in human experience probably had so huge an area been transformed so rapidly Native Americans numbered about 360000 in 1860 most of them still ranging freely over the vast vacant trans-Mississippi East But to their misfortune the Indians stood in the path of the advancing white American settlers Like the blades of mighty scissors two lines of onward-moving pioneers were closing simultaneously- one from the Pacific coast the other from the trans-Mississippi East An inevitable clash loomed between an acquisitive civilization and a traditional culture as the march of modernity crushed under its feet the hunting grounds and hence the food supply of the native in habitants When white soldiers and settlers had edged onto the plains in the two or three decades before the Civil War they triggered an environmental cycle that set the Indians tribes against one another and ultimately undermined the foundations of Native American culture White intruders unwittingly introduced disease among the native peoples of the plains with devastating results Worse
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