Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England

Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England

Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England

Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England

Synopsis

By focusing on the complex cultural and political facets of Nativeresistance to encroachment on reservation lands during the eighteenthcentury in southern New England, Beyond Conquest re-conceptualizesindigenous histories and debates over Native land rights. As Amy E.Den Ouden demonstrates, Mohegans, Pequots, and Niantics living onreservations in New London County, Connecticut--where the largestindigenous population in the colony resided--were under siege bycolonists who employed various means to expropriate reserved lands.Natives were also subjected to the policies of a colonial governmentthat sought to strictly control them and that undermined Native landrights by depicting reservation populations as culturally and politicallyillegitimate.
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