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Savage surveyors

In the mid 1800’s the Native Indians of the Americas had their livelihoods turned upside down by the arrival of white settlers looking for new land to take. The opposing sides waged mini wars against each other, scalping & kidnapping along the way. Part of the process of acquiring new land was that surveyors, or surveying parties would travel to prospective locations and assess the land. Knowingly, these professionals would be putting themselves in grave danger carrying out their jobs. The first few surveying parties coming back with arrows through the shoulder & fingers missing would’ve been a stark warning enough for the following surveying parties, however obviously not enough of a deterrent to stop them. The mindset of people two hundred years ago, generally was different back then because if I had to carry a deadly weapon up to go and carry out a survey today, I might reconsider my career choices.  In fact agriculture, is one of the  most dangerous jobs out there in terms of death count. Being a soldier or a policeman, is dangerous but is different as those roles directly deal with conflict and danger and for the majority of job roles these days, death and violence aren’t part of the job criteria. Surveyors of two hundred years ago seem to be made of a different grade of steel than the cotton candy types of today, myself included!

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