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American Revolution 1763-1789 The birth of a new nation - to commence at the Proclaimation of 1763 to the end of the Articles of Confederation.

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..the average 16-year-old Boer boy could both ride and shoot circles around an experienced, exceptional Tommy.
But alas, it wasnít meant to be. Those steely-eyed kids a-horseback with a Mauser, a belt of cartridges, and a saddle bag of biltong wore down after a few years and thousands of Brits. Reckon why it took so long, Spike?
If you hadnít brought in those Aussies.....
Churchill was only a young cavalry officer in England at the time but he was right on the ball even at such a young age, he wrote pieces in the London Morning Post emphasising the fact that a lot more troops needed to be sent to S.Africa, and eventually the authorities did just that, and he himself was on one of the troop ships that were sent there, and he was soon in the thick of the fighting.
He later recalled one memorable incident in his autobiog when in a skirmish with the Boers he found himself unhorsed and alone, calmly facing death as Boer horsemen charged down on him, "Here at last I take it" he thought, but in the event another member of his troop came to the rescue and they made their escape on one horse.
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The taking of scalps might have 'evolved' from the practice of taking heads of those killed in combat. The ancient Celts, among others, would use the taking of trophies (heads) to show what they had done to their enemies.

The father of King Harold of England reportedly took scalps as early as 1036.

The British reportedly took scalps in the conquest of Northern Ireland.

The historian Herodotus noted that the Scythians took scalps.

Ancient Germans and Visigoths reportedly took scalps.

The earliest report of American Indians taking scalps is in 1325.

The conclusion that can be made is that many ancient peoples took scalps and the practice was still being used in North American during the Indian Wars after the Civil War.
Even further. William Wallace is reputed to have flayed the entire skin from one opponent and to have made a sword-belt from the trophy.

That wasn't depicted in Braveheart.
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