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Red Stick Conflict



Red Stick Conflict
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    panic-stricken, killing, tribal, exclusive, leadership, possibility, reservation, wealth, anger, tribe, power, chief, gain, government, trade, constant
     content words:    Lower Town Muskogee, These Muskogee, Upper Town Muskogee, American Revolution, Lower Towns, Alexander McGillivray, New York, United States, Upper Towns, William McIntosh


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Red Stick Conflict
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     For years the Muskogee (Creek) people had fought with the Cherokee. The two had similar life styles but different languages. They were also enemies.
 
2     When Europeans came to the Americas, they added a whole new dimension to the situation. The Spanish and French were ready and willing to trade with any tribe but weren't above playing one against the other.
 
3     The English also traded with the people, but they preferred to stick with specific groups they came to know well. They had a treaty for exclusive trading rights with the Cherokee and had constant dealings with the Lower Town Muskogee. These Muskogee had wealth and power as a result.
 
4     The Upper Town Muskogee preferred to deal with the French and Spanish until the American Revolution. They thought the Lower Towns had become too Americanized and supported the British.

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