Uncas: First of the Mohegans / Edition 1

Uncas: First of the Mohegans / Edition 1

by Michael Leroy Oberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801472946

ISBN-13: 9780801472947

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Many know the name Uncas only from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, but the historical Uncas flourished as an important leader of the Mohegan people in seventeenth-century Connecticut. In Uncas: First of the Mohegans, Michael Leroy Oberg integrates the life story of an important Native American sachem into the broader story of European settlement

Overview

Many know the name Uncas only from James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, but the historical Uncas flourished as an important leader of the Mohegan people in seventeenth-century Connecticut. In Uncas: First of the Mohegans, Michael Leroy Oberg integrates the life story of an important Native American sachem into the broader story of European settlement in America. The arrival of the English in Connecticut in the 1630s upset the established balance among the region's native groups and brought rapid economic and social change. Oberg argues that Uncas's methodical and sustained strategies for adapting to these changes made him the most influential Native American leader in colonial New England.Emerging from the damage wrought by epidemic disease and English violence, Uncas transformed the Mohegans from a small community along the banks of the Thames River in Connecticut into a regional power in southern New England. Uncas learned quickly how to negotiate between cultures in the conflicts that developed as natives and newcomers, Indians and English, maneuvered for access to and control of frontier resources. With English assistance, Uncas survived numerous assaults and plots hatched by his native rivals.Unique among Indian leaders in early America, Uncas maintained his power over large numbers of tributary and other native communities in the region, lived a long life, and died a peaceful death (without converting to Christianity) in his people's traditional homeland. Oberg finds that although the colonists considered Uncas "a friend to the English," he was first and foremost an assertive guardian of Mohegan interests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801472947
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,237,488
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction: Uncas in Myth and Memory1
1.World in Balance15
2.The Mohegans' New World34
3.The Rise of the Mohegans63
4.Killing Miantonomi87
5.To Have Revenge on Uncas110
6.Amongst the English139
7.Uncas, the Mohegans, and King Philip's War171
Conclusion: Uncas's Legacy204
Abbreviations Used in Notes217
Notes219
Index259

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