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Forts of the West; military forts and presidios, and posts commonly called forts, west of the Mississippi River to 1898,

Author: Robert Walter Frazer
Publisher: Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [1965]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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No history of the area of the United States west of the Mississippi can be written without reference to military establishments. Indeed, it can be said that the soldier and the Indian spanned the history of the West-- and not by chance, for from the time of the first Spanish settlements down to 1898 the primary reason for stationing troops in the West was to control the Indians. It is true that Mexico established  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Frazer, Robert Walter, 1911-
Forts of the West.
Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [1965]
(OCoLC)575789645
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Walter Frazer
OCLC Number: 569354
Description: xxxvii, 246 pages illustrations, maps 23 cm
Responsibility: by Robert W. Frazer.

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No history of the area of the United States west of the Mississippi can be written without reference to military establishments. Indeed, it can be said that the soldier and the Indian spanned the history of the West-- and not by chance, for from the time of the first Spanish settlements down to 1898 the primary reason for stationing troops in the West was to control the Indians. It is true that Mexico established posts in Texas to block the illegal movement of persons and goods from the United States into its territory. Spain and France maintained petty garrisons face to face on either side of the Arroyo Hondo. During the Mexican War, the United States had large numbers of troops in the West doing something other than controlling Indians. Yet the great majority of western military posts established prior to the Spanish-American War were concerned with the Indians. The number and variety of forts and posts, together with changes of location, name, and designation, have posed perplexing problems for students of western history. Now Robert W. Frazier has prepared a systematic listing of all presidios and military forts west of the Mississippi up to 1898 which were ever, at any time and in any sense, so designated. The posts have been arranged alphabetically within the boundaries of present states. Pertinent information is included for each fort: date of establishment, location, and reason for establishment; name, rank, and military unit of the person establishing the post; origin of the post name and changes in name and location; present status or date of abandonment and disposition of any existing military reservation. A map for each state shows the location of the posts discussed -- Book jacket.

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