The “Buffalo Soldiers

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The “Buffalo Soldiers” were African American soldiers who served in the United States Army in the late 1800s.

 

The nickname “Buffalo Soldiers” was given to them by Native American tribes, particularly the Cheyenne, who admired their fighting skills and bravery in battle.

 

The nickname was a reference to their dark, curly hair, which was said to resemble the fur of the buffalo, and to their fierce fighting ability, which was likened to that of the buffalo.

 

The 10th Cavalry Regiment was the first all-African American regiment in the U.S. Army, formed in 1866 after the Civil War.

 

They were sent to the western frontier to help protect settlers, miners, and stagecoaches from hostile Native American tribes.

 

Despite facing discrimination and segregation within the army and in society, the Buffalo Soldiers proved themselves to be skilled and effective soldiers, earning a reputation for their bravery and endurance in harsh and dangerous conditions.

 

They inspired Bob Marley’s Reggae Classic Buffalo Soldier.

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