The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 49
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The Significance of the Destruction of the Buffalo
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How remarkably prophetic was this statement is evidenced today
on every hand by the growth and development of civilization in
the Southwest. As regrettable as the destruction of the buffalo
might be, undeniably the disappearance of these animals from our
Western plains hastened the coming of the orderly processes of
civilization. So long as the Indians could depend on these animals
for their food supply, they looked with contempt upon the efforts
of the federal government to supervise their activities, but when
they had vanished and they were thrown upon the dependence of
federal authorities for food and clothing, they were more disposed
to tolerate reservation life. Then again, when the plains region
was freed from the control of the wild savages and the buffaloes,
the ranching industry became a civilizing agency which helped to
pave the way for the transformation of the vast stretches of un-
developed land into thriving, civilized cattle and farming areas.
"6See Blackmore's preface statement in Colonel Richard Irving Dodge's
hunting Grounds of the Great West, lvii.
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