A Prophecy Fulfilled

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

in Creatures of Empire

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158601
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788538 | DOI:
 A Prophecy Fulfilled

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This chapter examines how towards the end of the 17th century, efforts on the part of Indians and colonists to resolve problems caused by livestock gave way to conflict. It argues that the colonists' growing populations and burgeoning herds placed great pressure on Native Americans and led to appropriations of Indian land. At the same time, Indians frustrated by the colonists' inability to control their animals sought revenge by killing livestock. Tensions over livestock contributed to King Philip's War in New England and Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia.

Keywords: 17th century; colonists; livestock; conflict; Native Americans; King Philip's War; New England; Bacon’s Rebellion; Virginia

Chapter.  13705 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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