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Why Startup is the new Wild Wild West

Above the cotton wool trees lining the Little Bighorn River, on a small hill, now known as Last Stand Hill, lies the remains of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his men of the 7th Calvary. The Battle of the Little Bighorn would be forever etched into the American history of the West, as the single most emphatic defeat for the United States Army against the Indians, largely led by the Sioux.

On the morning of 25th June 1876, Custer dashed to Little Bighorn upon hearing that Sitting Bull, the Sioux’s charismatic leader and Crazy Horse, the famed Sioux warrior are spotted at the encamped Indian village. He was in such hurry not to let any of these two leaders slip through his fingers, Custer ordered his men to leave the heavy artillery, Gaitling guns behind. Custer was confident that victory was at hand and he will fulfill his own prophecy that, “there are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.” By noon, in what was described by native Indians as the time “as long as it takes a hungry man to eat a meal.”, Custer was killed by two fatal wounds, one to the abdomen and the other to his left temple. Lay slain around him was his men, his two brothers, a nephew and a brother-in-law.

The band of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, celebrated a great victory as seen by Sitting Bull in his visions but it was a hollowed one. Within a year, Sitting Bull would lead his people and escaped to Canada while Crazy Horse surrendered to the “Blue Coats” resigning himself and his people to the reservations. Custer’s Last Stand precluded the Indian’s “last stand”.

What Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Custer or even Wyatt Earp of Tombstone, cowboy Billy-the-Kid, outlaw and train robber Jesse James didn’t realise was their fate was entwined to the extraordinary times they were living in. It was beyond their control and they were swept by the undercurrent that was pushing America to a new era of Frontier and growth.

The Frontier had beckoned and will serve only those wit