Taking Arizona: A brief look at Army Forts, Camps, and Key Players in early Arizona (Paperback)

Taking Arizona: A brief look at Army Forts, Camps, and Key Players in early Arizona By Edward Long Cover Image
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The Arizona Territory was created in 1863 from the Western half of what was known as the New Mexico Territory. Arizona remained a territory until 1912 when it became America's 48th state.

Until the late 1600s, when the Spanish began to arrive, Arizona's Indians had the land all to themselves. This book, Taking Arizona, is a cursory account of what transpired during the transitioning of Arizona to a land where an American citizen could settle and thrive.

When the early Southwest Indians marked their land they included what we know today as Sonora, in Northern Mexico. This resulted in ongoing hostilities between the Indians and the Mexicans. Then, along came forces of the American government seeking new territory.

Many states were settled only after hard-fought battles with indigenous peoples who fought to keep their land, but no territory saw more bloody battles than did Arizona.

This book begins as the stage is set for high drama played out by three players: Indians, the U.S. Army, and American settlers. The fictional accounts found in popular myths, dime novels, and Western movies are not included here. Published first-person accounts of actual events of the day are the sources for this book. This is meant to be a truthful, informative look at Arizona's past. Care has been taken to exclude Hollywood fiction.

There is a detailed bibliography. Frequent footnotes link to sources and further reading, and a comprehensive index listing people, places, and events mentioned. These tools are meant to aid those who wish to dive deeper into the subject. The author hopes that this volume will serve both scholars and casual readers.

The proud descendants of the Indian tribes mentioned herein who today continue their rich heritage as Arizona citizens are spared any judgmental observation or opinions regarding the violence exhibited by all sides during the Indian Wars of Arizona. Such debates are far outside the author's purpose. The drama in this book is the ancient story of Man against Man. Throughout human history, some try to keep what is theirs while others try to take it away. It has been said that land cannot be stolen... it can only be won or lost. Had the Indian's numbers and armament matched their determination the outcome could, very possibly, have been different. Herein, in chronological order, are true accounts starting in 1849 with the first U.S. Army post on the Colorado River, near Yuma. The years between that event and the end of the century are the scope of this book.

It is hoped the reader will catch a glimpse of the gestation of Arizona. The author believes this volume can serve as a useful guide on road trips around the great state of Arizona. Ditat Deus.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781956203004
ISBN-10: 1956203001
Publisher: Many Seasons Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2022
Pages: 298
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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