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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas


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Cadwallader Colden,
The History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada, which are dependent on the Province of New-York in America...

London: T. Osborne, 1747.

Colden, a historian and agent of New York colony, published the first edition of his History of the Five Indian Nations in 1727 and updated it for this edition by including transcripts of new treaties. While Colden and those he represented struggled to render the Iroquois "dependent" upon the colonies, the treaty texts included here suggest that Iroquois diplomats, too, could act shrewdly to protect their interests in the face of steadily expanding colonial populations, even at the expense of other Indian groups.

Other pages from this edition
Map of the Five Nations 1744 Treaty
Map 1744 treaty [excerpt]

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