Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Dongan, Thomas (1634-1715) to the Governor of Canada re: policy with the 5 Nations

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01985 Author/Creator: Dongan, Thomas (1634-1715) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 1687/06/16 Pagination: 3p. + docket 33.4 x 21.8 cm

Summary of Content: Thomas Dongan reprimands the Governor of Canada for inviting Indians of the 5 Nations to Cadarachqui in Canada, and warns the Governor not to allow his Christian Indians across the border to lure the 5 Nations away. P.2 and 3 contain a proposition from Dongan to the 5 Nations, dated 14 July 1687, at Schenechtady. In the proposition, Dongan assures the Indians that he has only corresponded with the Governor of Canada on their behalf, and also promises the 5 Nations any supplies or ammunitions they may need during their conflict with the French. He also warns them not to conclude a peace settlement with Canada without consulting him first.

People: Dongan, Thomas, 1634-1715

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryMohawk IndianReligionGovernment and CivicsCanadaFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionTreatyDiplomacyPeace

Sub Era:

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources