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Weapons Used To Colonize America

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The era of this collection is before many technological advances had been made. Many weapons used then were handcrafted by the men and used to hunt and prey on animals of the wild. Before other colonies came and began their regimes, the natives would only give weapons after proper training. Before guns there were other materials put together to scare off predators and for various other reasons. When the European countries began to explore westward and colonize different parts of America was also the time weapons began to advance as well. When the European countries came over the did not only bring themselves and their seeds, but also guns which are weapons they did more severe damage and was easier to use than prior weapons like knives and daggers. They used the weapons for food but a time progressed the guns weapons were used less on animals and more for protection against other humans.  For the most part though, the men would hunt for food, usually enough to feed oneself and their family and friends.

(Cannon), (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Knife

National Museum of African Art

Hunting horn

National Museum of African Art

Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow

National Portrait Gallery

Holster Pistol

National Museum of American History

Palmetto Musket

National Museum of American History

Twice Captured Presentation Sword

National Museum of American History

The Last Arrow [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lassoing Wild Horses [sculpture] / (photographed by A. B. Bogart)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Spear

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.