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By Charles Beatty-Medina, Melissa Rinehart

A impressive multifaceted background, Contested Territories examines a quarter that performed a vital position in America's post-revolutionary expansion—the reduce nice Lakes quarter, as soon as referred to as the Northwest Territory. As French, English, and at last American settlers moved westward and intersected with local American groups, the ethnogeography of the sector replaced significantly, necessitating interactions that weren't regularly peaceable. utilizing ethnohistorical methodologies, the seven essays provided right here discover speedily altering cultural dynamics in the zone and reconstruct in attractive element the political association, financial system, international relations, subsistence tools, faith, and kinship practices in play. With a spotlight on resistance, altering worldviews, and early different types of self-determination between local americans, Contested Territories demonstrates the continual interaction among actor and organisation in the course of a huge period in American history.

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The French government in Montreal did not recognize the deed at all. Any British forts built in the land cession would still cause conflict between the european powers, with or without iroquois permission. From the iroquois viewpoint, however, the treaty was a bond of friendship and mutual protection with powerful allies that could be used to prevent destructive wars with both european and indian enemies, and to continue a steady trade lifeline. Unlike the neutrality provisions of the 1701 settlement treaties, carefully negotiated and signed by Anglophilic, Francophilic, and neutral representatives of the Five nations; French-allied western indian groups; and the governments in Albany and Montreal, the Beaver Hunting Ground deed was a marginal factor in subsequent French-Anglo diplomacy.

Americans dominated the fur trade from the early nineteenth century until 1850, when demand for pelts plummeted. 9. in Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur Trade Society, 1679–1870 (norman: University of oklahoma Press, 1983), sylvia Van Kirk explores the social history of the fur trade, where marriages sustained fur-trade society for nearly two centuries. susan sleeper-smith in Indian Women and French Men: Rethinking Cultural Encounter in the Western Great Lakes (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001) investigates the role Catholicism played in extending kin networks in fur-trade marriages; and Jennifer Brown’s Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country (norman: University of oklahoma Press, 1996) looks at blood-reckoning as a result of fur-trade marriages, and how it reshaped family dynamics.

David Curtis skaggs and Larry nelson, The Sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes, 1754–1814 (east Lansing: Michigan state University Press, 2010). 28. For a contemporary look at Great Lakes peoples, see rita Kohn and W. Lynwood Montell, Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians (Bloomington: indiana University Press, 1997). this anthology of contemporary indian peoples originally from the old northwest includes interviews of eleven tribal members that demonstrate that the Great Lakes region continues to serve “as reservoirs of tribal tradition [1] .

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