The History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada which are Dependent on the Province of New York, and are a Barrier Between the English and the French in that Part of the World, Volume 1

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New Amsterdam Book Company, 1902 - Iroquois Indians

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A modern reprint of Colden's book, originally published in 1727 and 1747, with essays by John Dixon and Karim Tiro. A useful read, though obviously impacted by the biases Colden brought to his subject. I would have appreciated more context and background from the editors. Read full review

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Page 70 - Hear, Yonnondio; take care for the future, that so great a number of soldiers as appear there do not choke the tree of peace planted in so small a fort. It will be a great loss, if, after it had so easily taken root, you should stop its growth, and prevent its covering your country and ours with its branches. I assure you, in the name of the Five Nations, that our warriors shall dance to the calumet of peace under its leaves; and...
Page xvii - There is not a Man in the Ministry of the Five Nations, who has gain'd his Office, otherwise than by Merit; there is not the least Salary, or any Sort of Profit...
Page 67 - Yonnondio. You must have believed, when you left Quebec, that the sun had burnt up all the forests, which render our country inaccessible to the French, or that the lakes had so far overflown the banks, that they had surrounded our castles, and that it was impossible for us to...
Page 67 - I thank you, in their name, for bringing back into their country the calumet, which your predecessor received from their hands. It was happy for you, that you left under ground that murdering hatchet that has been so often dyed in the blood of the French.
Page xxix - The first time I was among the Mohawks, I had this Compliment from one of their old Sachems, which he did, by giving me his own Name, Cayenderongue. He had been a notable Warrior ; and he told me, that now I had a Right to assume...
Page 68 - I do not sleep; I have my eyes open; and the sun which enlightens me, discovers to me a great captain, at the head of a company of soldiers, who speaks as if he were dreaming.
Page 41 - We now plant a Tree,f whose Top will reach the Sun, and its Branches spread far abroad, so that it shall be seen afar off ; and we shall shelter ourselves under it, and live *The Name the Five Nations always give the Governor of Virginia. f The Five Nations always express Peace by the Metaphor of a Tree. 41 in Peace without Molestation.
Page 69 - Satanas into their country, to take part with them, after they had concerted ill designs against us. We have done less than either the English or French, that have usurped the lands of so many Indian nations, and chased them from their own country. This belt preserves my words.
Page xxv - Men in them padling, which go upon the Expedition ; and some Animal, as a Deer or Fox, an Emblem of the Nation against which the Expedition is designed, is painted at the Head of the Canoes ; for they always travel in Canoes along the Rivers, which lead to the Country against which the Expedition is designed, as far as they can.
Page 70 - Cadarackui, in the presence of your predecessor, in the middle of the fort, they planted the tree of peace in the same place; to be there carefully preserved: that, in the place of a retreat for soldiers, that fort might be a rendezvous for merchants: that, in place of arms and ammunition of war, beavers and merchandise should only enter there.

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