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- DescriptionFrom the beginnings of colonial settlement in Illiis Country, the region was characterized by self-determination and collaboration that did t always align with imperial plans. The French in Quebec established a somewhat reluctant alliance with the Illiis Indians while Jesuits and fur traders planted defiant outposts in the Illiis River Valley beyond the Great Lakes. These automous early settlements were brought into the French empire only after the fact. As the colony grew, the authority that governed the region was often uncertain. Canada and Louisiana alternately claimed control over the Illiis throughout the eighteenth century. Later, British and Spanish authorities tried to divide the region along the Mississippi River. Yet Illiis settlers and Native people continued to welcome and partner with European governments, even if that meant playing the competing empires against one ather in order to pursue local interests. Empire by Collaboration explores the remarkable community and distinctive creole culture of colonial Illiis Country, characterized by compromise and flexibility rather than domination and resistance. Drawing on extensive archival research, Robert Michael Morrissey demonstrates how Natives, officials, traders, farmers, religious leaders, and slaves constantly negotiated local and imperial priorities and worked purposefully together to achieve their goals. Their pragmatic intercultural collaboration gave rise to new ecomies, new forms of social life, and new forms of political engagement. Empire by Collaboration shows that this rugged outpost on the fringe of empire bears central importance to the evolution of early America.
- Author BiographyRobert Michael Morrissey teaches history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
- Author(s)Robert Michael Morrissey
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication17/03/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleEarly American Studies
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note24 illus.
- Weight676 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
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