Indian wars taught white men a very valuable lesson. The early Americans learned
how to blend into the landscape and fight like guerillas. It
also taught them to attack quickly. Another valuable lesson, was to use a small
number of men to sneak into enemy territory and to attack.
In 1750, when the English brought over the smallpox, the Cherokee did not have the antibodies to fight off the disease. Therefore the Cherokee’s population was decreased from about 14700 to 11,000. Today, the Cherokee have only a couple of reservations in parts of Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Cherokee's traditional plants and words used to heal did not help much during the small pox epidemic the English brought over from England.