Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 May 1993

272 Pages | 12 halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195084269

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Fort William Henry and the "Massacre"

Ian K. Steele

In Betrayals, historian Ian K. Steele gives us the true story behind James Fenimore Cooper's classic The Last of the Mohicans, explaining the motives for the most notorious "massacre" of the colonial period. This compelling narrative retells the events of the brief existence of Fort William Henry and the frontier disaster in 1757 during the early years of the Seven Years War. Steele examines the cooperation, conflict, and confusion produced by the mixture of Indian, colonial, and European values within the armies that fought for the Albany-Montreal corridor, specifically in the collision of attitudes about prisoners of war. Based on extensive primary research, this is an insightful, clear, and balanced explanation of a much related story of multiple betrayals among rational members of different cultures.