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The frontier region was the interface between the American wilderness and European-style civilization. To the Europeans, the frontier teemed with undomesticated and unfamiliar beasts. Even its indigenous peoples seemed perplexing, uninhibited, and violent. The frontier wasn't just a place, but a process, too. It was a hazy line between colliding cultures, and a volatile region in which those cultures interacted.

This volume explores the frontier, explorers, traders, missionaries, colonists, and native peoples that came into contact. Everyday life is presented with all of its difficulties-the trading, trapping, and farming, not to mention the chronic threat of violence. Examining the period from the perspective of both Europeans and Native Americans, this book features over 40 illustrations, photographs, and maps, making it the perfect source for anyone interested in how people lived on the old colonial frontier.

Author Notes

James M. Volo is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performances.
Dorothy Denneen Volo is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for 20 years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xix
1 Wilderness and the Promised Landp. 1
2 The Eastern Woodland Culturep. 19
3 The Tomahawk and the Crossp. 51
4 Intertribal Trade and Warfarep. 73
Notesp. 92
5 Anglo-America: the English Coloniesp. 95
6 Family and Householdp. 121
7 Hearth and Homep. 141
8 The French Regime in Canadap. 159
9 The Fur Tradep. 171
10 The Militiap. 181
Notesp. 211
11 Flaming Frontiersp. 215
12 Tedious Days and Frightful Nightsp. 231
13 Frontier Fortificationsp. 255
14 The Opening Rounds of the Conflictp. 269
Notesp. 282
15 The Final Struggle for a Continentp. 283
Selected Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 323
About the Authorsp. 339