This miserable kingdom: Indian and European alliances in the Central Plains, 1692-1730 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Wright, Garrett W.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • In the early eighteenth century, many Indian and European powers sought to establish control of the Central Plains. To do so, these powers struck alliances with other contending powers to varying degrees of success. Though the Plains Apaches saw benefits in a commercial alliance with the French to the northeast, and the Spanish initially tried for complete imperial dominance of the region, both groups ultimately needed an alliance with each other to check the growing rival alliances between the Comanches and the Utes from the Great Basin and the French and the Pawnees in the Eastern Plains. The 1720 Villasur Expedition was the culmination of this Plains Apache-Spanish alliance and resulted in immediate military defeat and long-term prevention of either group's expansion into the Central Plains.
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  • DuVal, Kathleen
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2014
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