TIL the near-extinction of the American bison was a deliberate plan by the US Army to starve Native Americans into submission. One colonel told a hunter who felt guilty shooting 30 bulls in one trip, "Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone.” by magnora7 in history

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Interesting! The impression I'd gotten from watching Dances With Wolves in my history class was that it was simply waste and short-sightedness.

Still, the article does offer another explanation as well.

In 1870, a bull hide sold for $3.50. One frontiersman, Frank Mayer, figured if he spent 25 cents on each round of ammo, then “every time I fired one I got my investment back twelve times over.”

Award authors sell as few as 20 books by NeighingGoofs in books

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The title has been updated as the publisher disputed the claim, although to me even 600 copies seems quite low for an award winning book.

How did you discover SaidIt? by zoe in AskSaidIt

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There was a comment that mentioned it on /r/programming