The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization

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Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1992 - History - 436 pages
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Richter examines a wide range of primary documents to survey the responses of the peoples of the Iroquois League--the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras--to the challenges of the European colonialization of North America. He demonstrates that by the early eighteenth century a series of creative adaptations in politics and diplomacy allowed the peoples of the Longhouse to preserve their cultural autonomy in a land now dominated by foreign powers.

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As a student, I found this book imposing. Twenty years later, I realize that Richter's writing style leaves a lot to be desired, but the content is pretty good for a political survey of Iroquoia in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Read full review

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Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, and is coeditor of Beyond the Covenant Chain: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800.

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