"Our men were better armed, too. Quite a lot of them had guns, whereas the Fringes people had only a few that they had stolen, and depended chiefly on bows, knives, and spears"
This is similar to the situation of the Native American people and the European settlers during the colonisation of America and the subsequent American Indian Wars that occurred intermittently between the two groups from 1622 to 1918, primarily over ownership of land.