In her third book on the Mohicans, Shirley Dunn surveys their important role in the history of colonial New York: their interactions with Europeans, their relations with other powerful tribes including the Mohawks and Esopus Indians, and their participation in military events.
The River Indians: Mohicans Making History
About the Book
Shirley Dunn’s book presents a stirring look at historic events in which the Mohicans (called River Indians) participated. Leaders among the native nations on the Hudson, Mohicans welcomed Henry Hudson who visited them for 13 days. They initiated the upriver fur trade and continued it for a century. Mohicans were close friends with the Dutch leader Arent Van Curler and helped save the farms of Rensselaerwyck by giving the settlers fertile lands and other provisions. They fought beside English soldiers in wars against Canada from 1690 to 1765, protected Albany from attack from Canada, and enlisted in the Revolution on the American side.
Focusing on events during the 17th and 18th centuries, Dunn emphasizes the importance of the Mohicans to the history of New York colony and state. Today, from Dutchess County to Lake Champlain, many New Yorkers live on land that once belonged to them.
About the Author
A scholar of the Mohicans and early Dutch settlers, Shirley Wiltse Dunn also wrote The Mohicans and their Land: 1609 -1730 and The Mohican World: 1680 – 1750, as well as co-wrote Dutch Architecture near Albany: The Polygreen Photographs and The Mohicans, a booklet for young readers. She was a founder of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society and, for her research on Dutch farm locations, was honored as a fellow by the Holland Society of New York. She became interested in the Mohicans while studying Native American deeds for early properties in the Albany area.
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