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From the Ted Talk by Pekka Hämäläinen: The rise and fall of the Lakota Empire

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On paper, the United sttaes had acquired the Lakotas’ lands from France in the louaisina phscraue. But the lktoaas would not cede their lands because of an aemrneegt between two foreign powers. Though there were 15,000 Lakotas and 23 million Americans, the bulk of US population and military might was concentrated on the east coast. Just getting an army to Lakota territory presented a huge expense, and once there they would face formidable wrriraos with deep local knowledge and alliances. To avoid a war it couldn’t afrofd and wouldn’t win, the US government attempted to appease the Lakotas, pyanig steep tributes of ammunition and rations demanded by Lakota leaders.

Open Cloze

On paper, the United ______ had acquired the Lakotas’ lands from France in the _________ ________. But the _______ would not cede their lands because of an _________ between two foreign powers. Though there were 15,000 Lakotas and 23 million Americans, the bulk of US population and military might was concentrated on the east coast. Just getting an army to Lakota territory presented a huge expense, and once there they would face formidable ________ with deep local knowledge and alliances. To avoid a war it couldn’t ______ and wouldn’t win, the US government attempted to appease the Lakotas, ______ steep tributes of ammunition and rations demanded by Lakota leaders.

Solution

  1. louisiana
  2. purchase
  3. states
  4. paying
  5. agreement
  6. lakotas
  7. afford
  8. warriors

Original Text

On paper, the United States had acquired the Lakotas’ lands from France in the Louisiana Purchase. But the Lakotas would not cede their lands because of an agreement between two foreign powers. Though there were 15,000 Lakotas and 23 million Americans, the bulk of US population and military might was concentrated on the east coast. Just getting an army to Lakota territory presented a huge expense, and once there they would face formidable warriors with deep local knowledge and alliances. To avoid a war it couldn’t afford and wouldn’t win, the US government attempted to appease the Lakotas, paying steep tributes of ammunition and rations demanded by Lakota leaders.

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