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Surrender in the Northeastern Borderlands of Native America

William J. Campbell

in How Fighting Ends

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693627
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0009
Surrender in the Northeastern Borderlands of Native America

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This chapter seeks to identify shared motivations among indigenous communities for choosing to fight and surrender in early America. It is suggested that following Contact, Native Americans in the northeastern borderlands selectively altered traditional patterns of warfare to meet both individual and community needs. If objectives could not be met, indigenous combatants often retreated and sought to benefit from terms of surrender. Strategies of sustainability often took precedent. Thus, in Native America surrender and defeat could be honourable, and did not always signal weakness; to subscribe to that notion is to miss the utilitarian use of surrender in the history of the continent's first peoples.

Keywords: Native Americans; North America; contact; colonization; borderlands; Indian wars

Chapter.  8570 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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