The First Frontier

The First Frontier

The Indian Wars and America's Origins, 1607-1776

Book - 1978
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Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1978.
ISBN: 9780671225346
0671225340
Characteristics: 251 p. : maps ; 22 cm.

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Apr 07, 2018

A basic primer on the interaction between the Native Americans and Colonist. The author primarily concerns himself with the major figures at the time and does not deal with social history of the era. The alliances on the side of the Native Americans is an interesting aspect of the book. The fact that Native American women were leading tribes was a point this reader did not know before reading this book. Bacon's Rebellion is well reviewed, and should be noted in these times. Bacon who was part of the leadership of the colony takes the reign of the uprising and threatened the colony's viability by becoming the demagogue of the masses. He dies in a rather gruesome way as well. Slavery is reviewed with the basic view that uprisings were always feared. Finally, the lead up to the American Revolution and the contest with the Five Nations is well reviewed.

This is a good book as a primer if the reader knows little about the era and wants to get a basic understanding of how colonization of the American Colonies happened.

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