Native Americans are known for using smoke signals to communicate messages over long distances.

Were they able to use these to send (encoded) messages to coordinate battle against European-Americans?

Did European-Americans adopt smoke signals to communicate over long distances?


Lewis and Clark's journals cite several occasions when they adopted the Native American method of setting the plains on fire to communicate the presence of their party or their desire to meet with local tribes. Wikipedia

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  • I always imagined small fires with more than one bit of information, but setting a big fire is a pretty clear "I am here" that probably will attract attention. – user22111 Sep 5 '17 at 20:32

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