12 illustrations, 3 maps, 3 tables
“The Texture of Contact deserves to be recognized for what it is, a major contribution to the ever growing body of academic studies about Indian-white interactions, both peaceful and bloody, in colonial North America. Preston’s presentation represents a sophisticated analysis that moves significantly beyond currently fashionable explanations about Indian-white interactions—and the reasons why harmony finally gave way to a bloody history of violence and the dispossession of Native Americans from their homelands.”—James Kirby Martin, Pennsylvania History
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Under the Tree of Peace
1. The Tree of Peace Planted: Iroquois and French-Canadian Communities in the St. Lawrence Valley
2. Iroquois Communities in the Eighteenth-Century Mohawk Valley: Schoharie, Tiononderoge, and Canajoharie
3. Dispossessing the Indians: Proprietors, Squatters, and Natives in the Susquehanna Valley
4. "The Storm Which Had Been So Long Gathering": Pennsylvanians and Indians at War
5. "Our Neighbourhood with the Settlers": Iroquois and German Communities in the Seven Years' War
6. Imperial Crisis in the Ohio Valley: Indian, Colonial American, and British Military Communities
Epilogue: The Tree of Peace Uprooted
List of Abbreviations
Winner of the 2010 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the New York State Archives.
Winner of the 2010 American Historical Association and Canadian Historical Association's Albert B. Corey Prize.