Chapter

Like Stars That Fall:

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/9780813037974.003.0006
Like Stars That Fall:

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This chapter shows how Indians resisted the notion of peaceful coexistence at Fort Chartres, the seat of British authority in the Mississippi region. Outnumbered and weakly supplied, Fort Chartres's personnel would have to display power and toughness if they wished to establish the idea of Britain's mastery in the minds of resentful and rebellious natives. British commandants and troops learned that without control over trade, familiarity with the physical and cultural terms of survival in the region, and sufficient material means to maintain the promise of British military might, they did not stand a chance. British commandants, such as John Wilkins, relied on customary gift giving to gain the Indians' cooperation. But the Illinois and Wabash-region Indians viewed such exuberant displays as evidence of British weakness. In Illinois, the Indians did all the intimidating. Nothing could convince them that descendants of these hapless, sickly British occupiers would someday dominate the continent.

Keywords: Chartres; Illinois; Wilkins; Mississippi; Wabash; gift giving

Chapter.  14391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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