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The Abenaki Indians Their Treaties of 1713 & 1717, and a Vocabulary   By: (1804-1885)

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The Abenaki Indians: Their Treaties of 1713 & 1717, and a Vocabulary by Frederic Kidder is a comprehensive and enlightening exploration of the historical significance of the Abenaki tribe, focusing specifically on their interactions with European settlers during the early 18th century.

Kidder's meticulous research and attention to detail shine through in this thought-provoking account. The book delves into the Abenaki tribe's rich cultural heritage, their way of life, and their profound connection to the land. By painting a vivid picture of the Abenaki people's daily lives, customs, and spirituality, Kidder brings their world alive, allowing readers to truly appreciate their unique perspective.

The primary focus of the book, however, lies in the exploration of the treaties of 1713 and 1717. These pivotal agreements between the Abenaki tribe and the British Empire have long been a subject of dispute and discussion. Kidder diligently examines these treaties, dissecting their content, intent, and long-term implications for both parties involved. By placing these documents within their historical context, the author sheds light on the complex power dynamics and conflicting interests that influenced the negotiations.

What sets Kidder's work apart is the inclusion of a detailed vocabulary of the Abenaki language. This invaluable linguistic resource showcases the author's commitment to presenting a comprehensive understanding of the tribe and their culture. By providing translations for various words and phrases, Kidder allows readers to further engage with the Abenaki language, making for a more immersive reading experience.

Moreover, Kidder skillfully weaves together primary sources, such as personal narratives and official documents, with secondary research, creating a well-rounded narrative. While some parts may appear dense due to the extensive use of historical records, the author's ability to contextualize these sources ensures that readers can grasp their significance.

However, it is worth mentioning that this book may primarily appeal to readers with a particular interest in Native American history or academic researchers exploring early colonial interactions. The detailed analysis and abundance of historical data may be overwhelming for casual readers seeking a general overview of the Abenaki tribe.

In conclusion, The Abenaki Indians: Their Treaties of 1713 & 1717, and a Vocabulary is an indispensable resource for those looking to deepen their understanding of the Abenaki tribe and their interactions with European settlers during the early 18th century. Frederic Kidder's meticulous research, coupled with his commitment to providing linguistic resources, makes this book a valuable addition to Native American history scholarship.

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Transcriber's Notes: 1) Some treaty signatures are unclear and have been marked and/or best guessed. Original signature images can be seen in the html version. 2) The breve has been rendered as [)c] and the macron [o=] 3) Text following ^ is superscripted. 4) Unusual and inconsistent spelling of place/names have been left as in the original.









The present spirit of inquiry into the early history of New England is bringing forth additional facts and evolving new light, by which we are every day seeing more clearly the true motive and incentives for its colonization. But whenever the student turns to investigate the history of the aboriginal tribes, who once inhabited this part of the country, he is struck, not so much with the paucity of materials, as with the complication and difficulties which our earlier and later writers have thrown around the subject, as well as the very different light with which they have viewed it... Continue reading book >>

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