Circle the Wagons!

Courtesy Dover Free Public Library, photographed while on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Emanuel Leutze’s 1863 oil Indians Attacking a Wagon Train vividly captured and perpetuated the fears of Americans migrating West on the Overland Trails. In reality, Indian attacks on wagon trains were rare and, more often than not, Indians befriended and traded with the Western-bound pioneers.

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