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

By Jeffers Lennox

© 2017

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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  • Series: Studies in Atlantic Canada History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 9.9in
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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.

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

By Jeffers Lennox

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Atlantic Canada History
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 9.9in
  • Reviews

    ‘Highly Recommended.’


    B. Osborne
    Choice Magazine, vol 55:06:2018

    ‘This book is one of the best examinations of historical cartography ever written for the Northeast, and the 41 maps reproduced in the text provide a rich visual complement to Lennox’s carefully crafted arguments.’


    Jason Hall
    Acadiensis, November 2017

    "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
  • Author Information

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

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter One: Neighbours in the Homeland

    Chapter Two: Mapping the Spoils of Peace

    Chapter Three: A Time and a Place

    Chapter Four: A Pale on the Coast

    Chapter Five: Acadia in Paris

    Chapter Six: Map Wars and Surveyors of the Peace

    Conclusion

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