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The Treaty Held with the Indians of the Six Nations at Philadelphia, in July 1742 To which is Prefix'd an Account of the first Confederacy of the Six Nations, their present Tributaries, Dependents, and Allies   By: (1695-1774)

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"The Treaty Held with the Indians of the Six Nations at Philadelphia, in July 1742" by George Thomas provides a detailed account of the historical event that took place in Philadelphia concerning the Six Nations and their relationship with European settlers. The book begins with a comprehensive overview of the first Confederacy of the Six Nations, shedding light on their origins, traditions, and cultural practices.

Thomas explores the intricate relationships between the Six Nations and the European powers, examining the factors that led to their alliance and subsequent treaties. By highlighting the tributaries, dependents, and allies of the Six Nations, the author gives readers a comprehensive understanding of their political and social structures.

One of the notable features of this book is its meticulous attention to detail. Thomas presents original documents and speeches during the treaty negotiations, allowing readers to witness firsthand the discussions and decision-making processes between the parties involved. This inclusion of primary sources adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, enriching the reader's experience.

The author's research is evident throughout the book, as he draws on various historical accounts and records to establish the historical context for the treaty. This comprehensive approach not only sheds light on the events of 1742 but also provides valuable insights into the broader relationship between Native American tribes and European settlers during the colonial era.

While the book's focus primarily remains on the treaty itself, it occasionally delves into the cultural and social aspects of the Six Nations, providing glimpses into their way of life and their perspectives on the changing world around them. These diversions add depth and richness to the narrative, creating a more immersive reading experience.

One potential criticism of the book is its dense and scholarly style, which may make it less accessible to casual readers. The extensive use of historical records and official documents can occasionally detract from the overall flow of the narrative. However, for those with a keen interest in Native American history or the colonial era, this level of detail and research will be appreciated.

In conclusion, "The Treaty Held with the Indians of the Six Nations at Philadelphia, in July 1742" by George Thomas is a valuable account of an important historical event. Through meticulous research and the inclusion of primary sources, Thomas offers readers a unique perspective on the treaty negotiations and the broader relationship between the Six Nations and European settlers. Despite its scholarly style, the book provides a comprehensive and engaging exploration of this crucial moment in Native American history.

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Held with the





Philadelphia , in July 1742 .

To which is Prefix'd

An Account of the first Confederacy of the SIX NATIONS , their present TRIBUTARIES, DEPENDENTS, and ALLIES.


Re printed and Sold by T. SOWLE RAYLTON and LUKE HINDE, at the Bible in George Yard, Lombard Street .

[Price Six Pence.]



A Copy of the following Treaty, printed at Philadelphia in 1743, having fallen into my Hands, upon perusal, I judg'd its Contents deserved to be more generally known, than probably would have been from the few Copies which might be sent over.

To make it more instructive and entertaining, I had once Thoughts of prefixing an Account of the Customs and Manners of these People, such an one as I could collect either from the Printed Relations concerning them, or from such Materials as my Correspondence or Acquaintance would have afforded: But, the accurate Description drawn up and published by the memorable WILLIAM PENN, deterr'd me from attempting a short One; and an ingenious Gentleman of New York will probably soon oblige the World with a large and curious History of the Five Nations,[1] exceeding any thing in my Power to perform.

[Footnote 1: The History of the Five Nations , from the earliest Acquaintance of the Europeans with them, to the Treaty of Reswick , by C... Continue reading book >>

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