By Stephen Aron
Within the middle of North the US, the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers come jointly, uniting waters from west, north, and east on a trip to the south. this is often the quarter that Stephen Aron calls the yank Confluence. Aron's cutting edge ebook examines the background of that area -- a house to the Osage, a colony exploited through the French, a brand new frontier explored through Lewis and Clark -- and focuses at the region's transition from a spot of overlapping borderlands to at least one of oppositional border states. American Confluence is a full of life account that would pride either the novice historian.
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From sites around Cahokia, digs have recovered at least nineteen kinds of marine shells that originated in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Oceans. As Cahokia’s population grew in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the quantity of these shells, which were used to decorate clothing and ornaments, also increased. 7 For reasons that have engendered much speculation, if no deﬁnitive explanation, Cahokia’s trade and population began to drop around the middle of the twelfth century, and these declines steepened during the thirteenth century.
If not through outright domination, the French would at least have liked to impose terms of trade that diminished the cost of presents and put exchanges on a sounder and more straightforward commercial footing. But along the St. Lawrence and even more so around the Great Lakes, the French operated under circumstances that demanded they accommodate Indian expectations about intercultural relations. 17 Thanks to common interests born of mutual weakness and Openings creative misunderstandings turned to constructive purposes, these accommodations reached a new level in the western Great Lakes.
Here the frailty of the French, so few in number, was obvious. But many of the Indians with whom the French interacted were also newcomers to the region and were also in a weakened position. Like the Osages, these Indians, lumped together as Algonquians, had been driven in the late seventeenth century from homelands to the east. Their numbers diminished by warfare with Iroquois invaders, refugees had scattered, before regrouping in the lands south of Lake Superior and west of Lake Michigan. But unlike the Osages, who kept their kinship lines intact while moving west, the various Algonquian villagers who reassembled between the Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi valley did so in towns that were far more diverse than those they had left behind.
American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) by Stephen Aron