Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary)

Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary) On February A Party Of French And Indian Raiders Descended On The Massachusetts Village Of Deerfield, Killing Fifty Residents And Capturing Than A Hundred Others In This Masterful Work Of History, Evan Haefeli And Kevin Sweeney Reexamine The Deerfield Attack And Place It Within A Framework Stretching From The Atlantic Ocean To The Great Lakes Drawing On Previously Untapped Sources, They Show How The Assault Grew Out Of The Aspirations Of New England Family Farmers, The Ambitions Of Canadian Colonists, The Calculations Of French Officials, The Fears Of Abenaki Warriors, And The Grief Of Mohawk Women As They All Struggled To Survive The Ongoing Confrontation Of Empires And CulturesHaefeli And Sweeney Reconstruct Events From Multiple Points Of View, Through The Stories Of A Variety Of Individuals Involved These Stories Begin In The Native, French, And English Communities Of The Colonial Northeast, Then Converge In The February Raid, As A Force Of Than Two Hundred Frenchmen, Abenakis, Hurons, Kahnawake Mohawks, Pennacooks, And Iroquois Of The Mountain Overran The Northwesternmost Village Of The New England Frontier Although The Inhabitants Put Up Of A Fight Than Earlier Accounts Of The So Called Deerfield Massacre Have Suggested, The Attackers Took Men, Women, And Children Captive The Book Follows The Raiders And Their Prisoners On The Harsh Three Hundred Mile Trek Back To Canada And Into French And Native Communities Along The Way The Authors Examine How Captives And Captors Negotiated Cultural Boundaries And Responded To The Claims Of Competing Faiths And Empires All Against A Backdrop Of Continuing WarfareBy Giving Equal Weight To All Participants, Haefeli And Sweeney Range Across The Fields Of Social, Political, Literary, Religious, And Military History, And Reveal Connections Between Cultures And Histories Usually Seen As Separate

Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University, specializes in colonial American and Native American history He has published on indigenous relations with European colonists, the experience of captivity, the history of the book in early America, colonial revolts, witchcraft, religious conflict, conversion, and toleration, as well as the role of European imperial competition i

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  • Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary)
  • Evan Haefeli
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9781558495036

10 thoughts on “Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary)

  1. says:

    This was one of my favorites that I ve read for my examsin fact, I should have grad student read this, which basically means to power peruse it in a few hours, but I enjoyed it so much and it is so closely aligned with my exact field of study that I just sat down and read it normally I had wrongly assumed that it was going to be just the story of the Deerfield raid, which frankly is what it sounds like based on the title But it is much than that The book uses the raid as a jumping off point for explaining the dynamics of the northeast at the time Sweeney and Haefeli use this one conflict as an excuse to say, ok, who are these Frenchmen exactly who promoted and participated in this Why did they attack Deerfield specifically People typically just accept that Indians joined in the raid because they were allied with the French, but the authors point out that this is far too simple The Indians did not just fight with the French for obligation s sake, and they were not simply the Indians There were at least four different groups of Indians involved, and each had its own motivations Meanwhile there was a lot mobility around the northeast than I had suspected, with a surprising number of English captives staying in New France, a number of French people relocating to New England towns, and various Indian communities dissolving and re forming throughout the entire area from what is now upstate NY to eastern Maine.Just really fascinating stuff This is a must for people who are studying this era.

  2. says:

    I think this must qualify as a definitive study of the events and context of the February 29 1704 Julian calendar raid on Deerfield, although I must confess it is the only complete book I ve read on the subject so far The authors view the event and its times 1670s to the 1760s from every cultural and political angle, trace the origins and fates of captors and captives, the shifting alliances of European and Indian nations, and provide a marvelous window on an historical period that had been fairly obscure to me My own personal interest of course stems from the escape of my 6th great grandmother, Thankful Nims, age 19, from the French led raiding party While children had their heads bashed open and men and women were taken into captivity and houses burned, she and her husband Benjamin Munn hid in a primitive cellar house that was so covered with snow that it escaped notice Thankful and Benjamin would remove south to Springfield where my 5th great grandmother, their child Sarah Munn would be born some twenty years later, understandably less close to the frontier The subsequent generation would settle further north in Marlboro Marlborough Vermont On the whole, this branch of our ancestors was by all appearances poor New England farmers all, living in large families on or near the frontier, and typically moving in search of new land with each generation I found Haefeli and Sweeney s history fascinating and mind expanding, and intuitively plausible as a description of the cultural and political context of my ancestors lives I hope, some day, as my children or grandchildren peruse this list of my long ago readings, they will take the time to discover a little bit about Thankful Nims Munn and her family and circumstances as described here She does not actually appear in this book, but her parents and many of her siblings are mentioned The stories here of the cultural relationships between the many Indian nations and the French and the English provide a sense of the fluidity and connectedness of the cultures Among the many revelations, this book provides a sense of just how few in number were the early settlers of New England and, even so, how few were those of New France A raiding party of some 200 was a huge undertaking, and the Deerfield raid was a singularly successful action on the part of New France, one that was really never equaled While it became, particularly as a result of the contemporaneous book published about it The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion by John Williams, 1665 1729 a rallying point for New England colonialists, the military action itself seems to have marked a high water point for New France as a Continental power, with subsequent raids experiencing less success as the French project in America dwindled and then collapsed over the ensuing decades The final chapter on historiography and the effort to define the meaning of the Deerfield Massacre is particularly interesting I like to go meta This book has gripped me for many evenings.November 1, 2009

  3. says:

    Excellent narrative about the convergence of English colonialism and French and Native interests in the early 1700s through the lens of the Deerfield Raid of 1705 An interesting read for me personally because my father s ancestors we killed and taken captive during the raid.

  4. says:

    In middle school, ages ago, I read The Ransom of Mercy Carter and to this day it is still one of my favorite books I m glad I was able to find a book that so thoroughly covered the history behind the Deerfield raid.

  5. says:

    For Hoyt family members, this is a great find I bought it in Deerfield, where our ancestor survived the 1704 attack Several Hoyt stories mentioned, though some differ from story handed down directly in our family.

  6. says:

    The raid and its aftermath is reported from the perspectives of the French, Native American, and English who were involved.One of my photos was published in this book

  7. says:

    The book had me look not only through the eyes of the captives, but through the eyes of the Canadian and Native American captors I also found the book contained information on some of my ancestors

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