A History of the New York Iroquois: Now Commonly Called the Six Nations, Issue 78

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New York State Education Department, 1905 - Indians of North America - 336 pages

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This book is choc full of facts, however, the writing style is absolutely HORRIBLE. If you can figure out what the writer is saying it's spectacular but figuring out what the author is actually saying is sometimes very difficult and, although rarely, at times impossible. It's as if the writer is not a natural English speaker---useful propositions are missing---pronouns are used too often; to the point where you don't know which "he", "she", "they", etc, the author is referring to and I swear it's full of sentence fragments, although I might be wrong. I don't claim to be an English major, just an avid reader.
I really don't think the language has changed that much since the book was published in 1961, so I'm thinking it's just this particular author. I don't know exactly why but I found it very hard to follow. However, the journal excerpts which were written during the period, back in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds, were easier to understand than the commentary (by Beauchamp). This lends credence, I think, to the possibility that it's the author not being clear, rather than ME just being stupid. I think his language is vague rather than specific, overall, when describing the events. The topic is confusing as it is and because of that he should have tried to be as specific and clear as possible.
I gave it three stars for the wealth of information but left off two stars because unless the information can be understood sometimes it renders the information useless. Some of the information was useless to me because I could not always figure out what he was saying; or to know exactly if I was understanding it correctly.

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Page 251 - Wee have putt all our land and our selfs under the Protection of the great Duke of York, the brother of your great Sachim; We have given the Susquehanne River which we wonn with the sword to this Government and desire that it may be a branch of that great tree that grows here.
Page 173 - The name of Iroquois is purely French, and has been formed from the term hiro, ' I have spoken,' a word by which these Indians close all their speeches, and koue', which when long drawn out, is a cry of sorrow, and when briefly uttered, is an exclamation of joy.
Page 395 - When you gave us peace, we called you father, because you promised to secure us in the possession of our lands. Do this, and so long as the lands shall remain, that beloved name will live in the heart of every Seneca.
Page 422 - 60 Orisca, now Oriskany creek " The Mohocks are not mentioned as they reside within the limits of N. York at Fort Hunter & Conajoharie." North of the towns along the Mohawk river, it is said, " The Boundary of New York not being closed this part of the Country still belongs to the Mohocks.
Page 394 - said Lieut. Col. Adam Hubley, The young Sachem, with several Oneida Indians, relatives and friends of the unfortunate Indian Hanjost, who bravely fell with the party under command of the much lamented Lieut. Boyd on the I3th ult, who faithfully acted as guide to the army, left us this day, well pleased, (after bestowing some presents on them,)
Page 307 - The old chiefs wanted peace and the young men war. They needed arms for this and wondered that the English showed so little energy. At last the Young Indians, the Warriors & Captains consulted together & resolved to take up the English Hatchet against the will of the old People, and to lay their old People aside as of no use
Page 249 - powerless; and Colden said that this great expedition " ended in a Scold between the French General and an old Indian." The Illinois were abandoned to"\\ their fate, and the French army ingloriously returned. Governor Dongan was already in New York and had
Page 167 - a terrible reputation, which others should have shared. Roger Williams said: " The Maguauogs, or Men-eaters, that live three or four hundred miles west from us, make a delicious monstrous dish of the heads and brains of their enemies." Their common name of Mohawk came from another given by their enemies, Mohowaug, They eat Living Creatures.
Page 300 - given You in Charge. We have some other Business to transact with our Brethren, and therefore depart the Council and consider what has been said to you. The Delawares left the council as ordered, and -it soon concluded.
Page 386 - the most doleful yells, shrieks and howlings, and by inimitable gesticulations." Terrible as was this blow to both, neither party as yet gave up. The Americans knew the lightness of the English guns and refused to surrender; St Leger dared not risk an assault. The siege dragged on, and Johnson wished to go down the Mohawk with some force, assured that many would join him there,