Iroquois Abandoned by British -- Again
Doug George- Kanentiio
July 15, 2010
A couple of weeks ago I gave a lecture at the
Nor'wester in Williamstown, Ontario entitled "How the
Mohawks Saved Canada".
The presentation was meant to remind Canadians that
their very existence as an independent country would
not have been possible without the military, economic
and political contributions of the Iroquois
Confederacy, and, more specifically, the Mohawk Nation.
Our mutual history began in 1664 when England assumed
control over the Dutch colony of New Netherlands,
renaming it New York. The English authorities knew that
if they were to succeed in establishing their own
colony they must secure an alliance with the most
powerful Native entity in the northeast, the Iroquois
Formed in the 12th century, the Confederacy was a
league of united nations, created to resolve disputes,
create a society based on the rule of law and promote
trade and commerce across national borders.
For the next 119 years the Confederacy protected the
English from Native intrusions while acting as a check
against the French to the north.
The English, in return, formally acknowledged the
Confederacy as an independent state fully capable,
under the law of nations, to enter into treaty with
other sovereign entities.
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