'Emigrants Attacked by the Comanches', North America, 1847.
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Engraving by James Smillie after Captain Seth Eastman, US Army, showing Comanches attacking a group of European settlers in their covered wagons. The Comanche were skilled riders and managed to prevent white colonists passing through their lands for over a century. The population of the Americas was drastically reduced after the arrival of the Europeans due to war, disease, forced removal and relocation, and the destruction of traditional ways of life. Illustration from 'Information respecting the history, condition and prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States. Part 2' by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), published in Philadelphia in 1847.