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Dongan, Thomas (1634-1715) Propositions to the 5 Nations westward

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02002 Author/Creator: Dongan, Thomas (1634-1715) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1687/07/19 Pagination: 3p. + docket 33.6 x 21.5 cm

Summary of Content: Thomas Dongan expresses his distress at the failure of all 5 Nations to unite and remain true to the covenant amongst them during the time of war with the French. He also warns them not to make a peace settlement with the French without his consent.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Government and CivicsDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary HistoryAmerican Indian HistoryFranceCanadaTreatyPeace

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