Masters of the Middle Waters: Indian Nations and Colonial Ambitions Along the Mississippi


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Belknap Press
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6.1 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jacob F. Lee is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. A historian of early America and the American West, he received fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, for his work on this book.


Masters of the Middle Waters tells a completely new story about the vast center of North America between the collapse of the Mississippian city-state of Cahokia around 1200 and U.S. domination in the 1800s. Lee reveals how kinship and alliance networks and the control of riverways were the keys to power, showing that what happened in this region had repercussions from the Great Lakes and Great Plains to the British, French, and Spanish empires in North America and Europe.--Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost
Jacob Lee does for Middle America what Richard White did for the Great Lakes in Middle Ground. In this important work, Lee bridges the arbitrary divide between the pre- and post-contact eras. He pays due attention to Illinois and Osage power as well as to French, Spanish, and British colonial policies; indigenous leaders figure as prominently as colonial traders and agents. Masters of the Middle Waters will earn a place among a growing literature that demonstrates the central role of Native Americans in early American history.--Colin Calloway, author of The Victory with No Name
In this brilliant book, Lee deftly explores the fortunes of empires and natives at the heart of the continent and, it turns out, at the long-hidden center of its history. Masters of the Middle Waters illuminates the interplay of rivers and kinship networks in sustaining families, trade, and alliance in a landscape of great power and deep memories.--Alan Shaw Taylor, author of American Revolutions