Ü Life Among the Choctaw Indians and Sketches of the South-west (1860) í Download by Í Henry Clark Benson

CLARKE BENSON , American Minister, Who Became A Missionary At Fort Coffee, Oklahoma, Between And Fort Coffee Was originally Constructed As A U S Army Fort In After The Choctaw Nation Petitioned The U S War Department To Construct A Fort That Would Stop The Flow Of Alcohol And Other Illegal Items From Flowing Into Their Territory Along The Arkansas River The Army Abandoned Fort Coffee In When Fort Smith Was Reestablished In , The Choctaw Nation Allowed The Methodist Episcopal Church To Establish Ü Life Among the Choctaw Indians and Sketches of the South-west (1860) í Download by Í Henry Clark Benson The Fort Coffee Choctaw Boys Academy In The Buildings This School Continued Until The Outbreak Of The Civil War The Choctaw Alternatively Spelled Chahta, Chactas, Tchakta, Chocktaw, And Chactaw Are Native American People originally From The Southeastern United States Modern Day Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, And Louisiana In The Th Century, The Choctaw Became Known As One Of The Five Civilized Tribes Because They Adopted Numerous Practices Of Their United States Neighbors The Choctaw And The United States US Agreed To Nine Treaties And, By The Last Three, The US Gained Vast Land Cessions And Deracinated Most Choctaw West Of The Mississippi River To Indian Territory They Were The First Native Americans Forced Under The Indian Removal Act The Choctaw Were Exiled Because The US Wanted To Expand Territory Available For Settlement By European Americans, To Save The Tribe From Extinction, And To Acquire Their Natural Resources The Choctaw Negotiated The Largest Area And Most Desirable Lands In Indian Territory Their Early Government Had Three Districts, Each With Its Own Chief, Who Together With The Town Chiefs Sat On The National Council They Appointed A Choctaw Delegate To Represent Them With The US Government In Washington, DC After Ceding Nearly ,, Acres, The Choctaw Emigrated In Three Stages The First In The Fall Of , The Second In And The Last In Nearly , Choctaws Made The Move To What Would Be Called Indian Territory And Then Later Oklahoma About , Died Along The Trail Of Tears It Was Into This Newly Formed Choctaw Community That Benson Stepped Into As A Missionary In Benson S Book Is Evidently A Veritable Relation Of Personal Experience During Three Years Service As Teacher And Missionary Among The Choctaws And Is The Work Of A Man Of Sense, Who Does Not Fill His Pages With The Emotional Religious Exercises Of His Converts, But Narrates The Every Day Story Of Incidents And Character, Grave Or Ludicrous, Which Presented Themselves This Book Contains A Good Deal Of Information With Regard To The Choctaws And Missionary Operations Among Them, And Embraces Some Interesting And Thrilling Sketches Of Frontier Life And Manners The Author, Formerly Connected With The Mission School At Ft Coffee, Speaks From Personal Acquaintance With The Indian Character And People Benson Writes The Choctaw S Future Seemed Dark And Foreboding, Rendering Them Gloomy And Desponding Their Strong Men Confessed Themselves To Be Weak And Helpless As Women And Children They Could Discover Nothing In Store For Them But Want, Wretchedness, And Annihilation Their Courage Was Gone And Despair Was Settling Down Upon Their Spirits Then It Was In The Hour Of Their Extremity That They Began To Look To Education And Christianity As Their Only Refuge Their Only Hope If Civilization Did Not Rescue The Remnant Of Their Once Mighty And Proud Race, They Were Doomed To Speedy And Utter Extinction This Was Their Only Hope, For All Other Refuge Had Utterly Failed Them They Were Thus Brought To Realize Their Forlorn And Wretched Condition, And Were Even Ready To Make A Vigorous Effort In Favor Of Christian Civilization

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