Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792

TitleIndigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSleeper-Smith, Susan
Number of Pages376
PublisherOmohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
CityWilliamsburg, VA
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Examines the Ohio River valley through an environmental lens and explores the role that American Indian women played in creating a sedentary agrarian village world in this rich and fertile landscape. Focuses on the crescent of Indian communities located along the banks of the Wabash River valley, a major Ohio tributary, to trace the evolution of the agrarian-trading nexus that shaped village life. The agricultural work of Indian women and their involvement in an Indian-controlled fur trade provides a glimpse into a flourishing village world that has escaped historical attention and refutes the notion that this region was continually torn asunder by warfare. The Indian world that Americans encountered in the 1780s was an Indian-controlled landscape that they had long defended from repeated foreign intrusions, not the middle ground of fragmented Native groups associated with imperial contact. Until the crushing defeat at Fallen Timbers in 1794, Indians believed that Americans were another wave of intruders that could be repulsed. [Publisher]

URLhttps://www.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640587.001.0001/upso-9781469640587
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