Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

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Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

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The period from 1690 to 1763 was a time of intense territorial competition during which Indigenous peoples remained a dominant force. British Nova Scotia and French Acadia were imaginary places that administrators hoped to graft over the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq, Wulstukwiuk, Passamaquoddy, and Abenaki peoples.

Homelands and Empires is the inaugural volume in the University of Toronto Press’s Studies in Atlantic Canada History. In this deeply researched and engagingly argued work, Jeffers Lennox reconfigures our general understanding of how Indigenous peoples, imperial forces, and settlers competed for space in northeastern North America before the British conquest in 1763. Lennox’s judicious investigation of official correspondence, treaties, newspapers and magazines, diaries, and maps reveals a locally developed system of accommodation that promoted peaceful interactions but enabled violent reprisals when agreements were broken. This outstanding contribution to scholarship on early North America questions the nature and practice of imperial expansion in the face of Indigenous territorial strength.

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978-1442614055

Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2017

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University of Toronto Press

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Editorial Reviews

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"Homelands and Empires is an excellent study of the struggle among Indigenous nations, the French, and the British for territorial sovereignty in Northeastern North America, what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and parts of Maine and Quebec. It is the best study available to lay out the complex negotiations over the region and how importantly they figured in diplomatic negotiations in the eighteenth century."

(Elizabeth Mancke, Department of History, University of New Brunswick)

"Jeffers Lennox’s deep research, coupled with his good work in applying fresh insights about spatiality and cartographic knowledge make for a book that stands on its own as a signal contribution to our understanding of the northeastern regions of North America."

(Chris Hodson, Department of History, BYU)

About the Author

Jeffers Lennox is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Wesleyan University.

Biography

I’m an historian of early North America at Wesleyan University. My work focuses on British-French-Indigenous interactions, early America, early Canada, and the revolutionary era. When I'm not doing history things I'm playing with my kids, listening to music, or riding my bike. @jefferslennox

Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

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