Today, we see the circumstances of the native Americans, or First Nations, as one of protecting their own way of life and survival.
French traders were the first whites to co-exist and establish relationships with the Haudenosaunee, hence their leaning toward the French during the French and Indian War –but not as a confederacy. The six nations were split in their loyalties. In the 1750s, both France and Britain courted that loyalty. Most Seneca (keepers of the western door) sided with the French while the Mohawks (keepers of the eastern door) sided with the British—mostly due to the British Aide to Indian affairs, Sir William Johnson who was quite integrated into Mohawk society.
The other tribes, Cayuga, Oneida, Tuscarora, and Onondaga were unable to remain neutral.
(Note: "French and Indian War" is the American name for this war; British=The Seven Years’ War; Canadian – the War of the Conquest. This was a trade war between Britain, France and Spain)
|A partially ice-covered Cayuga Lake|
The Cayuga people dispersed from their beautiful lake, forests and swamp to the west and Canada, and for decades have fought New York State and each other in court to regain what a treaty promised them. There are no simple answers.
Were you aware of the involvement of the many eastern tribes in the United States' war of Independance? Do you believe history is being taught differently than it was 30 or 50 years ago?