American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland by Stephen Aron

By Stephen Aron

Within the middle of North the US, the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers come jointly, uniting waters from west, north, and east on a trip to the south. this can be the zone that Stephen Aron calls the yankee Confluence. Aron's leading edge e-book examines the historical past of that area -- a house to the Osage, a colony exploited via the French, a brand new frontier explored via Lewis and Clark -- and focuses at the region's transition from a spot of overlapping borderlands to 1 of oppositional border states. American Confluence is a full of life account that might satisfaction either the beginner historian.

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But they were determined to conduct exchange by their own rules and for their own ends. That meant subordinating purely economic considerations to broader personal and political ties. 20 To be sure, French officials were by no means entirely happy with the extensive protocol and expensive offering of gifts that accompanied their dealings with Indian partners. In other circumstances, they might have preferred to follow the Spanish example of settling among, missionizing, and extracting labor from subjugated Indians.

Indeed, their relocation into le pays des Illinois defied a royal edict prohibiting settlement west of Montreal. From the perspective of Versailles, letting colonists wander further into the interior served no interest for the crown. Furs were already available in abundance, and migration threatened to spread an already thin colonial population. Adding pressure for restraint on settlement in the Mississippi valley were the pleas of missionaries, who claimed that contact with brandy-bearing traders contaminated Indians.

As Cahokia’s population grew in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the quantity of these shells, which were used to decorate clothing and ornaments, also increased. 7 For reasons that have engendered much speculation, if no definitive explanation, Cahokia’s trade and population began to drop around the middle of the twelfth century, and these declines steepened during the thirteenth century. No evidence has been found of a single event that started Cahokia’s fall. The con- 7 struction of stockades indicates the possibility of a military Openings threat, but the enemy has not been identified, nor have archaeologists recovered records of a decisive battle.

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