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By Amy E. Den Ouden

By concentrating on the complicated cultural and political elements of local resistance to encroachment on reservation lands through the eighteenth century in southern New England, Beyond Conquest reconceptualizes indigenous histories and debates over place of origin rights.
 
As Amy E. Den Ouden demonstrates, Mohegans, Pequots, and Niantics dwelling on reservations in New London County, Connecticut—where the most important indigenous inhabitants within the colony resided—were less than siege through colonists who hired a variety of capacity to expropriate reserved lands. Natives have been additionally subjected to the guidelines of a colonial executive that sought to strictly regulate them and that undermined place of birth rights by means of depicting reservation populations as culturally and politically illegitimate. even supposing colonial strategies of rule occasionally incited inner disputes between local men and women, reservation groups and their leaders engaged in refined and occasionally overt acts of resistance to dispossession, therefore demonstrating the ability of historic attention, cultural connections to land, and ties to neighborhood family. The Mohegans, for instance, boldly challenged colonial authority and its land encroachment guidelines in 1736 by way of protecting a “great dance,” in which they publicly affirmed the management of Mahomet and, with the help in their Pequot and Niantic allies, articulated their rationale to proceed their criminal case opposed to the colony.
 
Beyond Conquest demonstrates how the present Euroamerican scrutiny and denial of neighborhood Indian identities is a tradition with an extended historical past in southern New England, one associated with colonial notions of cultural—and finally “racial”—illegitimacy that emerged within the context of eighteenth-century disputes concerning fatherland rights.

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