The Europeans brought in small pox which threatened the Tsilhqot'in population by killing more than half the Tsilhqot'in people. It was one of the main reasons that they attacked the Europeans. The Tsilhqot'in didn’t appreciate the fact that the whites came in and brought such a horrible disease.
Some people call it a war, what is a war really? If you look up the meaning of it you will find that war is about one group trying to conquer another, its more about trying to take over ones land and prove to be better than them rather then what the Europeans did to the Tsilhqot’in people who came into their land and want nothing more than gold. This so called war was nothing more than a group of first nation’s peoples protecting their land, their water, their whole existence. In the end the five chiefs were tricked into coming back just so that they could be charged with the murders and hanged.