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42flanker15 Jan 2019 9:10 a.m. PST

" After the deaths in the Lewis encounter,the Blackfeet were very aggressive toward Americans. The Blackfeet distinguished the Americans from Canadians and other Europeans as "long knives" because of the six-feet-long espontoons favored by American soldiers of the period."

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Am I right in thinking this explanation could not be more off beam?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

You, my friend, are exactly right – the use of the term "long knives" dates back to colonial Virginia and to an Iroquois pun on the word Assarigoe, referring to the then-governor Lord Howard

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

Lewis carried an espontoon on this trek, so it may have a ring of truth to it.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 10:45 p.m. PST

I had no idea the term went back that far. I always thought that the term "long knives" referred to the sabers carried by the cavalry.

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42flanker22 Jan 2019 3:55 a.m. PST

I imagine that the Blackfoot and neighbours could distinguish between a spear and a knife.

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