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Properties of empire : Indians, colonists, and land speculators on the New England frontier

Author: Ian Saxine
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Series: Early American places.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Properties of Empire' shows the dynamic relationship between Native and English systems of property on the turbulent edge of Britain?s empire, and how so many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights.0As absentee land speculators and hardscrabble colonists squabbled over conflicting visions for the frontier, Wabanaki Indians? unity allowed them to forcefully project  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Treaties
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Saxine
ISBN: 9781479832125 147983212X
OCLC Number: 1077575077
Description: xiv, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Properties of empire --
1. Networks of property and belonging. Land use in the 17th century --
2. Dawnland encounters, 1600-1713 --
3. Land claims, 1713-1722 --
4. Breaking-and making-the peace, 1722-1727 --
5. In defiance of the proprietors, 1722-1727 --
6. The rightful owners thereof, 1735-1741 --
7. Troubled times, 1741-1752 --
8. Contrary to their own laws, 1749-1755 --
Conclusion. Treaties buried and lost. Indigenous rights and colonial property since 1755.
Series Title: Early American places.
Responsibility: Ian Saxine.

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Properties of Empire' shows the dynamic relationship between Native and English systems of property on the turbulent edge of Britain?s empire, and how so many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights.0As absentee land speculators and hardscrabble colonists squabbled over conflicting visions for the frontier, Wabanaki Indians? unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of often poorly remembered old land deeds and treaties. The result was the creation of a system of property in Maine that defied English law, and preserved Native power and territory. Eventually, ordinary colonists, dissident speculators, and grasping officials succeeded in undermining and finally destroying this arrangement, a process that took place in councils and courtrooms, in taverns and treaties, and on battlefields.0'Properties of Empire' challenges assumptions about the relationship between Indigenous and imperial property creation in early America, as well as the fixed nature of Indian ?sales? of land, revealing the existence of a prolonged struggle to re-interpret seventeenth-century land transactions and treaties well into the eighteenth century. The ongoing struggle to construct a commonly agreed-upon culture of landownership shaped diplomacy, imperial administration, and matters of colonial law in powerful ways, and its legacy remains with us today.

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