Captain Claiborne's Lost Isle
During the first half of the seventeenth century many alliances stretched hundreds of miles, far beyond any one group's territory or colony. Even when these connections were more narrowly contained, they were regularly directed at threats from outside the region. This book has taken a broad view in order to capture the full dimension of these collaborative efforts. By doing so, it becomes clear that intercultural partnerships shaped eastern North America from Iroquoia to the Chesapeake Bay and entangled everyone who was living there in one way or another. Actions and alliances in one region had an extremely important ripple effect on people in far distant places. Even when the connection was not direct, people were almost always linked to someone who did have an explicit relationship to the event or cooperative effort.
Intercultural alliances continued to shape the last century of the colonial period, but by the 1670s they had shifted west, north, and south. On the eastern seaboard intercultural partnerships and understandings became overwhelmed by escalating cycles of conflict and repeated Native American losses. But throughout the first half of the seventeenth century, people worked assiduously to create intercultural connections, sometimes with spectacular failure but occasionally with extraordinary success. For a new generation of Europeans on North America's eastern seaboard, however, the 1670s brought an end to the assumption that intercultural associations were either desirable or necessary.
The spread of epidemic disease, the dramatic increase in European populations in North America, and the shifts in political power on the East Coast all combined to end the era of widespread intercultural cooperation. Of course,