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By R.G. Grant

DK's Battle attracts jointly, for the 1st time, the numerous features of conflict — the consideration and the gore, the attrition and atrocity — in a brand new and unique means. prepared chronologically, Battle offers a close evaluation of the behavior of war throughout the centuries, from the 1st recorded conflict at Megiddo among the massed ranks of Hittites and Egyptians, to the warfare of the lacking guns of Mass Destruction. In each one period, the expertise that reworked the battlefield and the strategies that gained the day are explored and defined. Battle is an integral connection with this such a lot primary a part of the human story.

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These had few encounters with the other European powers, whose presence was initially limited to the East Coast, but they engaged in protracted conflicts with the Indian population, especially in New Mexico. The Spanish Empire, in decline by the end of the 16th century, began to make seemingly small concessions. In treaties with England (1604) and the Netherlands (1609), Spain required that its monopoly in America be respected only where it maintained effective occupation. Vast stretches of territory now lay open to them, and rival European powers began snatching up the smaller Caribbean islands and establishing colonies on the North American mainland (and even on parts of the South American coast).

European seamen, including explorers and those who came temporarily to fish and trade for furs, had also frequented the area. As a grim consequence of those early contacts, an estimated 90 percent of the Native American population had already died from epidemics when the Pilgrims landed. That fact obviously disrupted the lives of the survivors. It also redefined power relationships among them, strengthening inland peoples such as the Narragansetts to the west and the Micmacs to the north, at the expense of coastal groups such as the Wampanoag and the Massachusetts.

This was particularly true of plantation colonies, for which the Indians were mere obstacles and rival claimants to valuable lands. ) Perhaps for this reason, the English colonists made less effort to understand the local peoples. When war broke out, some settlers proved singularly unable, or unwilling, to distinguish among enemy, neutral, and even allied tribes, indiscriminately attacking or retaliating against all Indians. The early Chesapeake colonists quickly formed an alliance with Powhatan, leader of the powerful Powhatan Confederation, against other Native American groups.

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