Clark Manuscripts: Aboriginal History of the Susquehanna

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Clark Manuscripts: Aboriginal History of the Susquehanna

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Fortunately, the intrinsic value of Clark’s work on the aboriginal history of the Susquehanna is further enhanced by renowned Indian scholar Louise Welles Murray as she carefully edited and annotated hundreds of pages of Clark’s notes, letters and maps from his 19th Century research. The result is a very sophisticated treatment of the aboriginal history of the Native peoples in the Susquehanna River Basin from late prehistoric times until the Colonial American period based upon archaeology and documents acquired from the early French, Swedish and English traders and explorers. The three major parts of this book are divided into the Carantouan Indian Village sites (Part I), the history of the Huron-speaking race of Iroquoian stock, The Andastes (Part II), and Notes on Indian Names and Susquehannock Forts along the Susquehanna (Part III). From Champlain, to the early Jesuits and the likes of Zeisberger, Weiser, and Joseph Brant, comes many fascinating tidbits of history that help us to understand the Susquehanna’s early history and more importantly, the reactions of the Indians to European incursion into their homelands. But the most rewarding part of this book for the serious scholar of Susquehanna River Indian archaeology and history may be the collection of 13 early maps. These maps help us to locate areas of early Indian habitation along the Susquehanna River, with the most important maps showing locations of Indian towns noted by Clark in red. A fitting conclusion to Clark’s Manuscripts is a most helpful phonetic pronunciation guide, by noted anthropologist Gladys Tantaquidgeon (author of Folk Medicine of the Delaware), to the many Indian place names noted and used by Clark in his manuscripts. The bibliography used and index compiled by Murray brings a fascinating conclusion to an otherwise hard to understand and little researched subject of the “Aboriginal History of the Susquehanna.” 

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