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Title:
The Indian frontier, 1763-1846
Author:
Hurt, R. Douglas.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xvii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
British America -- The Spanish Southwest -- Spanish Alta California -- The Pacific Northwest -- The trans-Appalachian frontier -- The southern nations -- The Black Hawk War -- The Great Plains -- The Far West.
ISBN:
9780826319654

9780826319661
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A sweeping history of the cultural clashes between Indians and the British, Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans. A story of the contest for land and power across multiple and simultaneous frontiers.


Summary

This synthesis of Indian-white relations west of the Appalachians from the end of the French and Indian War to the beginning of the Mexican War is not simply a story of whites versus Indians. The term whites encompassed British, Spanish, and American settlers and governments, and the hundreds of Indian tribes who opposed them were no more unified than their European colonizers. The author focuses on relations among the British, the Spanish, the Americans, and Indian tribes in territories claimed by more than one of these groups, with particular emphasis on Indian tribes' pursuit of trade, peace, and guarantees of their land. Self-interest motivated all the players in these complex interactions, and when irreconcilable differences inevitably resulted these were settled by force.

The broad chronological and geographical scope of this volume encompasses British efforts to enforce new settlement policies after their defeat of the French, the Spanish system of missions and presidios, trade in the Columbia River basin of the Pacific Northwest, the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears, and the establishment of a strong military presence to defend the trade routes of the Great Plains. The author's clear explanations of complex negotiations over trade, land, and policy among countless conflicting groups during a period of transition will be invaluable for students and for the interested general reader.


Author Notes

R. Douglas Hurt is professor of history at Iowa State University.


R. Douglas Hurt is professor of history at Iowa State University.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Up to now, lay readers and scholars looking for information on relations between Native American tribes and the U.S. government have had to consult Francis Prucha's two-volume standard survey, The Great Father, even if they were interested in only a specific period. But no longer. For information on the crucial period from the end of the French and Indian War to the beginning of the Mexican War, they can now turn to Hurt's excellent synthesis, which updates the first half of Prucha's first volume. Hurt considers each region in turn, discussing not only U.S. policy toward Native Americans but British, French, and Spanish policy as well and showing how each country related to the others and how Native dealings with one country influenced their expectations from the others. He clearly explains complex treaty and trade negotiations and provides an excellent bibliography that leads the reader deeper into the subject. One of the best history books of the year, this well-written survey belongs in every academic library and most public libraries. Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

Up to now, lay readers and scholars looking for information on relations between Native American tribes and the U.S. government have had to consult Francis Prucha's two-volume standard survey, The Great Father, even if they were interested in only a specific period. But no longer. For information on the crucial period from the end of the French and Indian War to the beginning of the Mexican War, they can now turn to Hurt's excellent synthesis, which updates the first half of Prucha's first volume. Hurt considers each region in turn, discussing not only U.S. policy toward Native Americans but British, French, and Spanish policy as well and showing how each country related to the others and how Native dealings with one country influenced their expectations from the others. He clearly explains complex treaty and trade negotiations and provides an excellent bibliography that leads the reader deeper into the subject. One of the best history books of the year, this well-written survey belongs in every academic library and most public libraries. Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 British Americap. 3
Chapter 2 The Spanish Southwestp. 28
Chapter 3 Spanish Alta Californiap. 54
Chapter 4 The Pacific Northwestp. 78
Chapter 5 The Trans-Appalachian Frontierp. 103
Chapter 6 The Southern Nationsp. 137
Chapter 7 The Black Hawk Warp. 164
Chapter 8 The Great Plainsp. 189
Chapter 9 The Far Westp. 224
Epiloguep. 244
Chronologyp. 249
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 270
Indexp. 285
List of Mapsp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 British Americap. 3
Chapter 2 The Spanish Southwestp. 28
Chapter 3 Spanish Alta Californiap. 54
Chapter 4 The Pacific Northwestp. 78
Chapter 5 The Trans-Appalachian Frontierp. 103
Chapter 6 The Southern Nationsp. 137
Chapter 7 The Black Hawk Warp. 164
Chapter 8 The Great Plainsp. 189
Chapter 9 The Far Westp. 224
Epiloguep. 244
Chronologyp. 249
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 270
Indexp. 285