MISINTERPRETED

11/4/2021 

The entire human race is constantly plagued by an evil witch that destroys civility and is known as: Miss Communication. A prime example is the story of the Blackhawk War. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act was passed. Blackhawk’s tribe of Sac Indians were removed from southern Wisconsin and relocated to Iowa. On 4/6/1832, the leader, Blackhawk, lead around 1,000 of his people across the Mississippi River into NW Illinois. The majority were women, children, and old people. Their goal was to plant crops in their old homeland, hunt, and then return to Iowa in the fall. Blackhawk took with him 2 of his people who could interpret their wishes to the white settlers, who now occupied their former lands. Their large presence in Illinois was met by a sketchy militia, who were terrified. Blackhawk sent out his 2 interpreters with a white flag to state their peaceful intentions. They were immediately killed by the nervous whites. Blackhawk’s people returned fire and killed some militia. The spell of Miss Communication was cast. As the Sac made their way east, they were harassed and, when shot at, retaliated. Soon a large militia of volunteers, including Abe Lincoln, were on their heels. Joining them was the US Army. As the Sac fled north, their elderly and infants started dying of starvation because they could not stop to hunt or gather. Chased across the Wisconsin River while 40+ braves held off a thousand soldiers, the Indians were in a foot race to get west of the Mississippi. In the steepest part of the state, they littered the trail with their dead and dying. With the military just behind them, they made the river’s edge. Waiting there was a US gunboat and behind them, the Army. Trying again to surrender, the cannons opened up and the sharpshooter picked off women swimming with babies on their backs. Out of the 1,000 Sac that left Iowa, 150 made it home. Miss Communication can be godawful foe in the day-to-day human attempts to understand the other’s intentions.

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