|By Pinkham and Evans|
The story of Lewis and Clark's encounters with the Nez Perce from the perspective of the Nez Perce.
When I was a young guy my dad would tell us “I told them what they wanted to hear.” Then he told me the real story.
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What can we learn from the history of the Oregon Trail?
By studying the history of the Oregon Trail we can learn a few different things.
- What happens when two cultures meet. (European pioneers and Native Americans)
- How people can survive (or not survive) on long journeys with very little support.
- What skills are needed to undertake an exploration of unknown or only partly known lands (this has applications for future space exploration.)
- What kinds of tools, materials, animals and food stuffs give better success rates for survival?
- What made some groups or families thrive and others not thrive or even survive?
- Is there a principle law of successful emigration and survival? What is it?
- How do small groups interact in stressful and isolated situations? (again, applications for space exploration.)
- How diplomacy failed in interactions between pioneers and Native Americans.
- How cultural bias make or break diplomatic relations.
- How technology creates its own success, how it reproduces itself and how technology memes spread.
- What happens to a civilization when it is surprised by invaders with advanced weaponry. What strategies are most successful at fending them off? Could Earth fend off advanced Alien invaders?