Oklahoma History |
Oklahoma and It’s People |
The people of Oklahoma have always been known to be hard working, caring people. This introduction gave insight in to the people who made this state great and who have also gave a state a black eye. Oklahoma has had a very short history as a state but as a land, the stories that have come from this state are vast, from the settling of Indians with the Trail of Tears to having an oil boom and eventually an oil bust. Oklahoma has a bright future ahead of itself with good people leading it into the 21st Century.
The early Indians who migrated from Asia to Oklahoma because of the climate and accessibility to water were the first inhabitants of Oklahoma. They were known as Moundbuilders. They made manmade mounds across the state for their shelter, temples and even burial grounds. They also protected from flooding. Warfare and a severe drought broke up what was left of the group in the 14th Century. In the 16th Century Europeans they found 2 groups Caddo Indians in southeast Oklahoma. There were also other tribes that were very savage and brutal in this time that help dispel the notion that the reason the Indians were this way was because of the white man, which is not so, the tribes were this way before the white man came.
When Francisco de Coronado arrived it was not for finding new land but for finding the city of gold Cale, but all he found was battles with the Pueblo Indians and extreme weather and hunger. But with his journey he may have not found the city of gold but he has the first recorded history of Oklahoma and by his travels he brought the word of God to Oklahoma.
When the French came they started forming alliances with tribes and started to trade with the Indians but unlike the Spanish, they started trading weapons and ammunition and whiskey. This in turn helped the French into controlling the land which is Oklahoma. This control ended in 1763 when England defeated the French and Spanish...