Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (4th by Paul Horgan

By Paul Horgan

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1954
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Winner of either the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize for historical past, Great River was once hailed as a literary masterpiece and enduring vintage while it first seemed in 1954. it's an epic heritage of 4 civilizations?Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American?that humans the Southwest via ten centuries. With the ability of a novelist, the veracity of a student, and the affection of a long-time resident, Paul Horgan describes the Rio Grande, its function in human historical past, and the overlapping cultures that experience grown up along it or entered into clash over the land it traverses.

Now in its fourth revised variation, nice River continues to be a huge a part of American ancient writing.

Literary Awards
Pulitzer Prize for heritage (1955)
Bancroft Prize (1955)

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While away from the flocks, the warriors could subsist on dried milk and dried meat, drinking the blood of their horses and supplementing their rations by hunting, for long stretches of time, as long as there was grass and water for the horses. "I say to you with confidence," wrote William of Rubruck to Louis IX after visiting the Mongols in 1 Z 5 3 , "if your peasants, I will not say Kings and knights, were willing to go as do the Kings of the Tartars and to be content with the same kind of food, they could take possession of the whole world.

Horses provided both speed and power on the battlefield. Second, they could control the trade upon which the cities depended for their prosperity. The caravans that connected the cities into trading networks required beasts of burden, of which the nomads controlled the largest numbers, and they traveled far beyond the protection of the cities, where they had to rely on the protection or the forbearance of the nomadic tribes. Third, cultivated lands were highly fragmented. Within the Middle East, there were few areas - Egypt, thanks to the Nile River, and Iraq, thanks to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, being the two outstanding examples - that Introduction II could support large agricultural populations.

Parthian horse archers harassed and destroyed the Roman legions under Crassus in the desert at Carrhae, bringing a halt to Roman expansion eastward. But Carrhae was also where the Romans got their first look at Parthian heavy cavalry. These men wore iron helmets and scale armor and carried spears; they rode powerful horses that could support the weight of armor for both their riders and themselves. The heavy cavalry could finish off the enemy after the horse archers had softened up their ranks.

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