Chapter

Anxious Hospitality:

Daniel Ingram

in Indians and British Outposts in Eighteenth-Century America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037974.003.0003
Anxious Hospitality:

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Pennsylvania's Fort Allen was a small link in a defensive fort chain that was meant to spearhead an invasion of Indian country and protect backcountry settlements during the 1755–1758 Delaware uprising. This chapter shows that Native American notions of hospitality would impose other priorities on the post. It became a place for rest, diplomacy, trade, and even drunkenness; indeed, almost everything except the launching point for an invasion or a protector of local settlers. Fort Allen's most famous resident was not its builder, Benjamin Franklin, but the Munsee chief Teedyuscung. Meeting the needs of neighboring and traveling Indians would define Fort Allen's mission more than military priorities.

Keywords: Fort Allen; Pennsylvania; Delaware; Franklin; Munsee; Teedyuscung; hospitality

Chapter.  10914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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