The author reflects on the roles of France, England, and Spain in early America, and believes the "Trail of Tears" resulted from foreign powers continually arming the tribes and encouraging them to attack the settlers who continually descried the use of the Indians against them by England.
In Watauga, settlers had lived peacefully among the Cherokee for many years.
The life of the pioneer was challenging. In reliving history, we see our forefathers as people, just as we are today. We begin to understand the spiritual and creative meaning of the dances of the Native Americans; their respect for nature and honor, and why the dignity of manhood was so important to them. Indeed these values were their means of survival, for a thousand years.
©2013 Marilyn R. Farrar (P)2013 Marilyn R. Farrar
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