By Tom Arne Midtrød
Within the reminiscence of All old Customs, Tom Arne Midtrød examines the advanced styles of diplomatic, political, and social verbal exchange one of the American Indian peoples of the Hudson Valley—including the Mahicans, Wappingers, and Esopus Indians—from the early 17th century in the course of the American innovative period. via targeting how participants of alternative local teams interacted with each other, this ebook areas Indians instead of Europeans on heart stage.
Midtrød uncovers an unlimited and multifaceted local American global that was once principally hidden from the eyes of the Dutch and English colonists who steadily displaced the indigenous peoples of the Hudson Valley. within the reminiscence of All historical Customs he establishes the stunning volume to which numerically small and militarily vulnerable Indian teams endured to appreciate the realm round them of their personal phrases, and as usually engaged—sometimes violently, occasionally cooperatively—with neighboring peoples to the east (New England Indians) and west (the Iroquois) as with the Dutch and English colonizers. while they fell increasingly more below the domination of strong outsiders—Iroquois in addition to Dutch and English—the Hudson Valley Indians have been resilient, retaining or adapting good points in their conventional diplomatic ties until eventually the instant in their ultimate dispossession throughout the American innovative conflict.
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This may indicate the consolidation of two groups by the 1650s into the familiar Esopus Indians, perhaps as a result of pressure brought by the recent Dutch settlements in their neighborhood. Later records for the most part make mention only of the “Esopus Indians,” but in 1682 they were referred to as “Esopus Indians otherwise called Warrenock,” or “Warrenacockse,” suggesting that these were synonymous terms. If Esopus and Waronecks were interchangeable terms, this group has a documented history back to 1614, and the Waranawankongs may have been a local community of Esopus affiliation or a neighboring group that became absorbed by an enduring Esopus organization.
17 Some evidence suggests that the Indians of western Long Island possessed a more hierarchical or authoritarian form of government than the peoples of the Hudson Valley proper. The western Long Islanders were in close contact with peoples to the east, who in some ways differed quite substantially from the peoples of the Hudson Valley. Wyandance of Montaukett, in particular, was a powerful eastern Long Island chief whose leadership fit well within an established tradition common to southern New England.
The war comes to the Hudson Valley with an Abenaki raid on English settlements at the Hoosick River in August 1754. The nearby Schaghticokes defect to the French and Hudson Valley Indians come to fight on both sides in the conflict. Many Indians leave the Hudson Valley and resettle in areas farther west during these years. xxxii C h r o n o lo gy 1756: Faced with persistent hostility from the local English, many Esopus Indians and other Hudson Valley peoples seek refuge among the Iroquois. The Wappingers living on the Pompton River reaffirm their friendship with the government of New Jersey.