Bloody Mohawk

The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York's Frontier
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Publisher's Summary

In this narrative history of the Mohawk River Valley and surrounding region from 1713 to 1794, Professor Richard Berleth charts the passage of the valley from a fast-growing agrarian region streaming with colonial traffic to a war-ravaged wasteland. The valley's diverse cultural mix of Iroquois Indians, Palatine Germans, Scots-Irish, Dutch, English, and Highland Scots played as much of a role as its unique geography in the cataclysmic events of the 1700s - the French and Indian Wars and the battles of the American Revolution. 

Patriots eventually wrenched the valley from British interests and the Iroquois nations, but at fearsome cost. When the fighting was over, the valley lay in ruins and as much as two-thirds of its population lay dead or had been displaced. But by not holding this vital inland waterway - the gateway to the West, "the river between the mountains" - America might have lost the Revolution, as well as much or all of the then-poorly-defined province of New York.

©2009 Richard Berleth (P)2018 Tantor

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excellent

View of an obscure and often overlooked area of American History. As a people we often pass towns throughout America wholly devoid of knowledge collectively as to the experiences and origins of our fellow forefathers. This book does an excellent job of remedying this problem.

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Spectacular telling of rarely told histories

So much history told here that escapes much of popular teachings. Stories of the earliest interactions of both parallel and divergent histories of the colonists and Native Americans. The brutalities that existed and lives lost as Europeans settled what was the homes of great peoples.

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Fascinating nugget of American History

We recently drove cross country, finishing our travels through upstate New York. Having gone to college in Syracuse I was hoping to find an interesting read this summer. The narrator and author did not disappoint. I found new perspective from familiar place names and new appreciation for the lives of our forebears.

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Well researched and interesting

It was hard in this format to track all of the characters. This is especially true for foreign names. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.