Darley Engraving for Harper's Weekly Shows Native American Warriors Attacking White Settlers
F.O.C Darley Engraving. "An Indian Foray in the West." Harper's Weekly: 1858. Measures 15.5 x 11 inches. Image shows three native American men on horses that gallop away from a small cabin that appears enflamed, one native man carrying a small white girl with her arms outstretched in desperation, reaching back toward her home as she is dragged away. A white man on horseback chases them with a rifle on one shoulder, pausing to aim at the men. One of the native men drags a small horse by a rope while a cow and her calf run alongside, swept up in the chaos, presumably stolen. A sheep runs ahead. The animals eyes are wild and the native men's expressions cold, their postures warlike. One native man in the distance turns toward the cabin behind them and raises his spear in the air. Title text below reads "An Indian Foray in the West" with F.O.C Darley in the lowe corner of the image. Running along one border text reads "Harper's Weekly May 1, 1858." The United States government used a variety of tactics to remove Native peoples from their land in order to clear it for western expansion. Treaties that took the majority of tribal land while gifting back small fractions were meant to appease Native people. Outright acts of war were less subtle but more immediately effective. Native tribes combatted these efforts both by accepting appeasement on faith and resisting with their own armies. In very good condition.