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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2019 8:42 p.m. PST

"Though scholars find language the most efficient way to classify American Indian groups, many tribes would fall under broad language groups. The Kickapoo, meaning "those who walk the earth" or "he who moves here and there," are grouped with other tribes in the Algonquian linguistic lineage, and were situated in what A. M. Gibson refers to as the "Algonquian heartland" (1963:3). This area was bordered on the east and north by the Great Lakes, on the west by the Mississippi, and on the south by the Ohio River. Tribes living in this region also possessed common cultural traits a quasi-sedentary lifestyle, similarities in their methods of raising war parties, and their hospitable nature towards visitors.

Kickapoo roots can be found in the Great Lakes region, and were first mentioned in Lower Michigan in the 1600s. By 1654, French explorers identified the Kickapoo, along with the Sauk, Fox and Potawatomi tribes, in southeast Wisconsin, having moved due to the heavy Iroquois influence in the east. Once the Kickapoo, in common with many American Indians, came into regular contact with Europeans, the actions of the tribe were guided by the will to survive – culturally, spiritually, physically and spatially. The Kickapoos maintained a love-hate relationship with the French, dictated by which tribes were allied against the French, the trade goods the French brought into the area, or the actions of settlers within particular areas. In 1765, the Kickapoo, Sauk, and Fox made their way into Illinois, where the Kickapoo set up camp near the city of Peoria….2
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wargamingUSA15 Oct 2019 9:17 a.m. PST

The few Kickapoo that found their way south to Texas and were involved in the Texas Revolution were just one of numerous indian tribes involed in Texas writ large. The Cherokee, Choctaw, Tawakonis, Ionis, Comanche, and others were notably involved.

At one time or another the Indians in Texas were in conflict with each other, Anglo settlers, the Texas Rangers and other government of Texas forces, and the Mexicans.

For anyone interested in Indian tribes in Texas, Stephen Moore has written an interesting book Last Stand of the Texas Cherokees.

You might want to think about crossposting this original post to the 18th Century and FIW discussion threads. Given the breadth of the article, this would have been a great piece to post on a new American Indian Wars board.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 9:10 p.m. PST



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