Indian Affairs in Colonial New York: The Seventeenth Century

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Overview

First published in 1960, Indian Affairs in Colonial New York remains the only one-volume study of Indian-European relations in seventeenth-century New York. In the first half of this book, Allen W. Trelease describes the Dutch period that followed Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage and details New Netherland's dealings with the Algonquian peoples of the Hudson Valley and Long Island. The second half of the book, addressing the English period after 1664, emphasizes the colonists' relations with the Iroquois. Still widely cited and read, this pioneering work remains an authoritative study of its subject and a valuable contribution to the historiography of both seventeenth-century colonial New York and Indian-European relation in this formative period.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a most important book . . . on the history of contacts between American Indians and the colonial powers. . . . It is a piece of ethnohistorical research and writing of the best sort."—American Anthropologist

"This is an important contribution to our knowledge of seventeenth-century New York, both in terms of its Dutch and English settlers and of its Algonquian and Iroquian Indian inhabitants, written with care and precision."—New England Quarterly

Library Journal
Trelease here covers the relationship between the natives and settlers in 17th-century New York from both an economic and political point of view. A standard in the field.
American Anthropologist - William N. Fenton
“[A] most important book . . . on the history of contacts between American Indians and the colonial powers. . . . It is a piece of ethnohistorical research and writing of the best sort.”—William N. Fenton, American Anthropologist
New England Quarterly - Wilcomb E. Washburn
“An important contribution to our knowledge of seventeenth-century New York, both in terms of its Dutch and English settlers and in terms of its Algonquian and Iroquoian Indian inhabitants. [Written] with care and precision.”—Wilcomb E. Washburn, New England Quarterly
American Anthropologist

“[A] most important book . . . on the history of contacts between American Indians and the colonial powers. . . . It is a piece of ethnohistorical research and writing of the best sort.”—William N. Fenton, American Anthropologist

— William N. Fenton

New England Quarterly

“An important contribution to our knowledge of seventeenth-century New York, both in terms of its Dutch and English settlers and in terms of its Algonquian and Iroquoian Indian inhabitants. [Written] with care and precision.”—Wilcomb E. Washburn, New England Quarterly

— Wilcomb E. Washburn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801475641
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 1,453,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen W. Trelease, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is the author of White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction. William A. Starna, a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, is the editor of The Journals of Christian Daniel Claus and Conrad Weiser: A Journey to Onondaga, 1750.
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Table of Contents

I The Indians of New Netherland 1

II The Beginnings of New Netherland 25

III Governor Kieft's War 60

IV The Perils of Coexistence 85

V The Supremacy of Commerce at Fort Orange 112

VI The Subjugation of the Algonquian 138

VII The Submergence of the Algonquian 175

VIII The Management of Indian Affairs at Albany 204

IX Anglo-Iroquois Relations in Transition 228

X Governor Dongan and the Iroquois 254

XI The Iroquois and English Alleis 295

XII The Iroquois Quest for Neutrality 332

Bibliography 364

Index 373

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