Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 337 pages

The frontier region was the interface between the American wilderness and European-style civilization. To the Europeans, the frontier teemed with undomesticated and unfamiliar beasts. Even its indigenous peoples seemed perplexing, uninhibited, and violent. The frontier wasn't just a place, but a process, too. It was a hazy line between colliding cultures, and a volatile region in which those cultures interacted.

This volume explores the frontier, explorers, traders, missionaries, colonists, and native peoples that came into contact. Everyday life is presented with all of its difficulties-the trading, trapping, and farming, not to mention the chronic threat of violence. Examining the period from the perspective of both Europeans and Native Americans, this book features over 40 illustrations, photographs, and maps, making it the perfect source for anyone interested in how people lived on the old colonial frontier.

 

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Contents

Wilderness and the Promised Land
1
The Eastern Woodland Culture
19
The Tomahawk and the Cross
51
Intertribal Trade and Warfare
73
AngloAmerica The English Colonies
95
Family and Household
121
Hearth and Home
141
The French Regime in Canada
159
The Militia
181
Flaming Frontiers
215
Tedious Days and Frightful Nights
231
Frontier Fortifications
255
The Opening Rounds of the Conflict
269
The Final Struggle for a Continent
283
Selected Bibliography
315
Index
323

The Fur Trade
171

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About the author (2002)

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performances. With Dorothy Denneen Volo, he is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001).

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for 20 years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects. With James M. Volo, she is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001).

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