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Brothers Among NationsThe Pursuit of Intercultural Alliances in Early America, 1580-1660$
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Cynthia Van Zandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181241.001.0001

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Nations Intertwined

Nations Intertwined

Alliances and the Susquehannocks' Geography of North America

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Brothers Among Nations

Cynthia J. Van Zandt

Oxford University Press

In the 1650s the Susquehannocks were involved in virtually every important alliance in the mid-Atlantic region, and this chapter focuses explicitly on 17th-century North America from their perspective. It explores the roots of the Susquehannocks' alliance with New Sweden and with the Algonquian Lenapes. It argues that Native Americans sometimes sought to turn Europeans into tributaries and subordinates, and that they frequently used Europeans as tools in negotiating relationships with other native peoples. In the 1650s the Susquehannocks and the Lenapes launched an attack on Manhattan in part as retaliation for the Dutch assault on the Indians' European client, the colony of New Sweden. And once again, the experiences of Isaac Allerton illustrate the influence and scope of intercultural networks.

Keywords:   Susquehannocks, mid-Atlantic, Isaac Allerton, New Netherland, New Sweden, Lenapes

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