A Year at Niagara:

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:
A Year at Niagara:

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This chapter studies the area around New York's Fort Niagara and the Western Senecas, called Chenussios by contemporaries, who sought to maintain their customary power in the Niagara River corridor after the Seven Years' War. During the Indian uprising of 1763 they allied themselves with Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Indians in defiance of the new British regime. The Chenussios dealt the British their worst military defeat of the Indian Uprising with an attack at a portage point called Devil's Hole. Then, within the year, they successfully negotiated their forgiveness by giving up territory that they had already ceded to the British military command twice before. Violence and humility at Niagara did not stem from Seneca desperation; rather, they were two parts of an undesired but necessary coexistence strategy.

Keywords: Niagara; New York; Seneca; Chenussio; Iroquois; Devil's Hole

Chapter.  13534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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