The Iroquois in the War of 1812

The Iroquois in the War of 1812

Book - 1998
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Univ of Toronto Pr

Until now, the story of Iroquois participation in the War of 1812 has not received detailed examination, and there have consequently been major gaps in our understanding of the Iroquois, their relations with Euroamerican society, and the course of the war itself. The Iroquois in the War of 1812 proves that, in fact, the Six Nations' involvement was 'too significant to ignore.'

Benn explores this involvement by focusing on Iroquois diplomatic, military, and cultural history during the conflict. He looks at the Iroquois' attempts to stay out of the war, their entry into hostilities, their modes of warfare, the roles they played in different campaigns, their relationships with their allies, and the effects that the war had on their society. He also details the military and diplomatic strength of the Iroquois during the conflict, despite the serious tensions that plagued their communities.

This account reveals how the British benefited more than the Americans from the contributions of their Iroquois allies, and underscores how important the Six Nations were to the successful defence of Canada. It will appeal to general readers in both Canada and the United States and will have relevance for students and scholars of military, colonial, and Native history.


A detailed account of Iroquois participation in the War of 1812 that proves the Six Nations’ involvement was ‘too significant to ignore.



Baker & Taylor
Describes how the Six Nations got involved in the War of 1812, the role they played in the defense of Canada, and the war's effects on their society

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780802081452
0802081452
9780802043214
0802043216
Characteristics: xi, 272 p. : ill., maps

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