The Ambiguous Iroquois Empire: The Covenant Chain Confederation of Indian Tribes with English Colonies from Its Beginnings to the Lancaster Treaty of 1744

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1984 - History - 438 pages
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Francis Jennings, former director of the Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian, is the author of "The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest, " a highly acclaimed account of the first relationships between Europeans and Americans, and "Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies and Tribes in the Seven Years War in America." These books are also published in Norton paperback editions.
  

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Contents

Distinctions in Deed and Thought
3
An Empire of Convenience
10
A Mixing of Peoples
25
An Iron Dutch Chain
47
Logistics of Intersocietal Commerce
58
The Iroquoian Beaver Wars
84
Odd Man Out
113
A Silver English Chain
145
Mending Chain
249
A Vise Made in Europe
275
Desperation in Iroquoia
289
A New Fire
309
Chain into Fetters
325
Summit and Slope
347
Conflict and Accommodation
367
A A council at Onondaga as reported by Conrad Weiser in 1743
388

Expansion and Reaction
172
They flourish and we decrease
186
Permutations
214
1i A Link Lost
223
On the undoing of history
398
Bibliography
407
Index
429
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Francis Jennings is former director of the Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian.

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