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Wabanaki versus French and English Claims in Northeastern North America, c. 1715

Saliha Belmessous

in Native Claims

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794850
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794850.003.0005
Wabanaki versus French and English Claims in Northeastern North America, c. 1715

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The aftermath of the Treaty of Utrecht was a colonial site where natives and Europeans voiced their claims to territory using similar legal arguments (rights of discovery, cession, purchase, conquest). By looking at how the Wabanaki negotiated their disputes over land and forced the Europeans to take seriously their claims, this chapter shows that dispossession was not a legally silent process for indigenous peoples nor was it a straightforward one for European colonisers.

Keywords: empires; France; New France; Great Britain; New England; Acadia; possession; Wabanaki; Treaty of Utrecht; native claims

Chapter.  10374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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