The Iroquois in the War of 1812

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Overview

Until now, the story of Iroquois participation in the War of 1812 has not received detailed examination, and there have consequently been major gaps in our understanding of the Iroquois, their relations with Euroamerican society, and the course of the war itself. The Iroquois in the War of 1812 proves that, in fact, the Six Nations' involvement was 'too significant to ignore.'

Benn explores this involvement by focusing on Iroquois diplomatic, military, and cultural history during the conflict. He looks at the Iroquois' attempts to stay out of the war, their entry into hostilities, their modes of warfare, the roles they played in different campaigns, their relationships with their allies, and the effects that the war had on their society. He also details the military and diplomatic strength of the Iroquois during the conflict, despite the serious tensions that plagued their communities.

This account reveals how the British benefited more than the Americans from the contributions of their Iroquois allies, and underscores how important the Six Nations were to the successful defence of Canada. It will appeal to general readers in both Canada and the United States and will have relevance for students and scholars of military, colonial, and Native history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802081452
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Benn is Curator of Military History at Heritage Toronto and author of Historic Fort York, 1793-1993.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Usage
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Survival: The Iroquois to 1812 10
2 The Crisis of Alliance: Spring and Summer 1812 29
3 'We Wish Not to Be Sold': The Iroquois Way of War 67
4 The Niagara Campaign: Autumn 1812 86
5 The Twisted Road to Beaver Dams: January-June 1813 103
6 Iroquois versus Iroquois: July-December 1813 123
7 The Last War Dance: 1814 153
8 'Give Us Hopes of Finding Some Relief': 1815 and Beyond 174
App Iroquois Population and Combat Strength in 1812 195
Notes 201
Selected Bibliography 249
Index 257
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