She Disappeared Without A Trace in 1850, Then Years Later They Found This
Before the America we know today existed, there was a whole different country back in 1800â€™s. The continent had still been left largely unexplored. But yet people flocked to it for it held the promise of unclaimed lands. Back then in Northern America, the Eastern Seaboard much of the population of that time.
The West was largely left unchanged. It was one of the regions where the Native Americans were scattered around in Northern America. There was constant fighting between the new settlers and the native people. It was a time of revolution that we tend to forget over time. But there are instance are amazing stories from people like Olive Oatman who remind us of what it was like back then.
#4 In search of Home
Olive Oatman and her family was one of the new settler family that traveled southwest of the continent in search of a place to call their new home. They continued doing so. And somewhere around 1851, the family decided to continue East with their journey. They were at place which is known as Maricopa County, Arizona today.
The locals warned them that continuing East of Yuma would be dangerous as it was home to the Native American tribes of Yavapai. And the tribesman were hostile to any newcomer and often attacked them. Yet, the family continued its journey.
Read ahead to know what hardships they faced...
#3 They Faced Their Share of Hardships
After 90 miles into the family, the Oatman family was attacked by the Yavapai tribespeople who killed all of them. Except for Olive(14), her siblings Mary Ann(7) and Lorenzo. The eldest of the siblings Lorenzo(15) at that time survived and witnessed his younger sisters being taken hostages.
And were taken 70 miles along the trail to the tribe’s village through the Sonoran Desert. And for over a year they were used as slaves by the tribe. But then they were sold to the Mojave Tribe in exchange for some goods.
#2 They Got Tattos On The Chin
In the Mojave Tribe, the girls were accepted as their own. They were given chin tattoos as a sign to indicate that they were a part of the tribe and the tribe would protect them. In the tribe, the two girls were given shelter by a tribeswoman called Aespaneo, who was like a mother to them.
But Mary Ann passed away shortly due to the effects of a severe draught in the region. It was at that time that Americans at Fort Yuma having heard of Olive’s abduction came to rescue her. They demanded the tribe to return her.
This girl truly lived different lives during the course of her life..Read ahead to know what Olive did next..
#1 The Girl Who Lived Two Lives
Olive reluctantly left behind her adopted family in order to ensure their safety from the Americans. After returning to civilization, Olive took it upon herself to make people aware of her experience. More often than not, she had been forced to limit the experiences she shared.
Later 1865, Olive married a well-known and famous Rochester banker and started a family of her own. But in her heart, Olive treasured her memories with the Mojave tribe till the very end.
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