The Five (later Six) Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy were central to the story of the white colonization of the American Northeast. The European fur trade transformed their world, and the struggles between English and French colonists forced the tribes to take sides during the Beaver Wars as well as the French and Indian Wars (1689-1763), whichincluded King William's War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, and finally ended with the French and Indian War of 1754. Sir William Johnson's efforts in the Mohawk Valley ensured that the Iroquois Nations were allies of the British crown; and the loyalty of his kinsman Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) during the American Revolution forced the Mohawks into Canadian exile. This richly illustrated book introduces Iroquois history, social organization, religion and material culture.
About the Author
Michael Johnson has researched the material culture, demography and linguistic relationships of Native American people for more than 30 years. A collector of data, photographs and artefacts, he has presented many exhibitions, including annual exhibitions at the American Museum in Bath. He is the author of scores of articles and has previously written a number of titles in the Men-at-Arms series.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Origins of the Confederacy · The five, later six nations · History of the Confederacy: early contacts with British and Dutch colonies · The 17th century Mohawk and Beaver Wars against the French - Sir William Johnson and the French-Indian War, 1701-1770 - Joseph Brandt and the Revolution, 1770-1800 · Social organization and religion · Material culture