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Seeds of empire : the American revolutionary conquest of the Iroquois
Mintz, Max M., 1919-
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New York : New York University, [1999]

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xi, 232 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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E235 .M56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Seeds of Empire recreates the events surrounding General John Sullivan's scorched-earth campaign against the Six Nations of the American Indians of New York and the Eastern territories in 1779, following the surrender of General John Burgoyne's British army at the Battle of Saratoga. Mintz's meticulous historical research and renowned storytelling ability give life to this arresting narrative as it probes the mechanisms of the American Revolution and the structure and function of the Iroquois Six Nations.

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Mintz examines the conflict among the British, Americans, and Native Americans in the New York back country during the Revolution. Using a broad array of newspapers, personal correspondence, public papers, and other primary materials, he has crafted a briskly paced study of the significant military campaigns and their results. Readers are given a clear explanation of British and American motivations and goals. Indian actions, however, are less comprehensively analyzed and are explained in terms that largely parallel the motivations of competing Patriots and Loyalists, rather than from within the framework of their traditional cultures. Recent works by Laurence Hauptman and Cohn Calloway do a better job of relating the Native American side of the story, but Mintz's appraisal of events remains an important one. He artfully relates the procession of events, beginning with Colonel St. Leger's failed 1777 expedition against Fort Stanwix, through the 1778 Wyoming and Cherry Valley Massacres and General John Sullivan's 1779 scorched earth campaign against the Iroquois villages, ending with harsh peace terms for Loyalists and Indians alike at the end of the war. A commendable work for all adult readers. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha