Indian Attacks in Southwest Virginia:Seasonality

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Category:Indian Raids Along the Great Road

Overview
Hamilton's Atrocity Stories
The Data
Caveats
Distribution in Time
Sesonality
Spatial Distribution
Events


Results and Caveats

The following table shows the monthly variation in attacks on settlers in Southwest Virginia from 1773 to 1794. These data are based on an extraction from Hamilton's Atrocity Stories. See Indian Attacks in Southwest Virginia:Data Caveats

Interpretation

There is a definite cyclical pattern apparent in these data. The fall and winter months were show a minimal number of attacks, which we interpret as obvious consequences of winter weather and the obvious hardship of carrying out raids during this time. [1]There is also a reduction in attacks in the month of August, which is might be related to warmer weather of the summer, or perhaps to preoccupation on the part of the indians with other activities (annual migration patterns? harvesting or hunting?) at this time of year.

Notes

  1. Source:Boback, 2007:174. Deep snows, cold winter weather, and leafless trees hindered forest warfare and generally kept Shawnee warriors at home.
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