Haughty Conquerors: Amherst and the Great Indian Uprising of 1763

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Conspiracies "Destroy Their Forts and Make Them Rue the Day"

I am clear that too much economy ought not to be thought of as yet with the Indians, if we expect to keep them in temper & maintain our posts -- but it is not in my power to convince the General thereof.

-- William Johnson to George Croghan

How it may end the Lord knows; but I assure you I am of the opinion that it will not be long before we have some broils with them.

-- George Croghan to Henry Bouquet

Our suspicions of their plots . . . are mere bugbears.

-- Jeffrey Amherst to William Johnson

The English treat us with much disrespect. . . . They have possessed themselves of our country. It is now in our power to dispossess them and recover it. . . . There is no time to be lost. Let us strike immediately.

-- Kayashuta

Gone were the days when the Indians could play off the French and British against each other. Only the British now provided the ammunition and other products upon which Indians had grown dependent over the previous century and a half. To attack the British would be to bite the hand that fed them. Besides, with the Union Jack flying from forts in their midst, the Indians no longer had unassailable sanctuaries from which to raid British settlements. In the face of overwhelming British power, who would dare raise their war clubs?

But British arrogance, insensitivity, and exploitation quickly drove most

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Notes xiii
  • 1 - Conquest "Where Are We Now? The French Are All Subdued" 1
  • Notes 31
  • 2 - Conspiracies "Destroy Their Forts and Make Them Rue the Day" 35
  • Notes 66
  • 3 - Attacks "And Drive These Britons Hence Like Frightened Deer" 73
  • Notes 103
  • 4 - Counterattacks "Big with Their Victories" 107
  • Notes 145
  • 5 - Stalemate "Leave These Distant Lakes and Streams to Us" 149
  • Notes 179
  • 6 - Subjection "To Be a Vassal to His Low Commanders" 185
  • Notes 223
  • 7 - Settlements "Nay Think Us Conquered, and Our Country Theirs" 231
  • Notes 269
  • 8 - Consequencesl "Whom See We Now, Their Haughty Conquerors" 279
  • Notes 283
  • Index 285
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