Livestock is the most important thing humans have acquired. Livestock provides humans with food, transportation, defense against others, labor, and germs. This was the advantage of people with livestock compared to people who didn’t have livestock. The people without livestock were inferior to those who did have livestock; those with livestock came from a more complex society that allowed them to acquire complex weapons and epidemics.
If the natives of North America acquired the extensive use of livestock before the Europeans did, the natives would have won in a match against the Europeans. Instead of the Europeans defeating the natives, the result would be the other way around. The reason for this is that the natives would have had horses for combat. “Horses permitted people possessing them to cover far greater distances than was possible on foot, to attack by surprise, and to flee before a superior defending force could be gathered” (pg.77). The horses were today’s battle tanks that could destroy anything in its way. A person on foot stood no match against someone on horse heading towards him. Horses were the ultimate weapon that guaranteed victory against the adverse force without them.
Another advantage the natives could have was disease. As Europeans infected and weaken natives in the actual course of history, the natives could have done the same to the Europeans if they acquired livestock first. The natives could have killed many of the Europeans with diseases originating from livestock; those who didn’t die were weakened by diseases and later killed in combat.
This is how the natives of North America would have won against the Europeans if they had acquired livestock first.