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Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 Paperback – March 15, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0195034547 ISBN-10: 0195034546 Edition: Reprint
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"Very good for upper division undergraduate courses in Native American history."--Gerald McKevitt, Santa Clara University

"Of all the books published in the last several years dealing with Indian-white relations, this volume...is surely one of the best."--The Historian

"An important work that should be of interest to all those looking for what happened the day after Thanksgiving."--History: Reviews of New Books

"Carefully researched and well written."--The Journal of American History

"By far the best source of information about the contact period in New England. Salisbury's account of the causes of the Pequut War is thoroughly researched and very readable. I recommend it for any introductory course on the American Indians."--John Strong, Southampton College

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Neal Salisbury is at Smith College.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (March 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195034546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195034547
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the making of New England 1500-1643

by Neal Salisbury

Oxford, published 1982

Cornell University Professor Neal Salisbury's work centers on the innate conflicts and social differences between the English settlers to New England and the native populations they encountered. The arrival of the settlers brought disease and cultural upheaval both of which served to destabilize the equilibrium between the existing tribes. The white setters were quick to employ their advantages and systematically deprive the Indians of their land and way of life. By their actions, the whites lost the religious and moral imperative which had impelled them to immigrate to America and instead recreated a microcosm of the unequal society they had left.

Each chapter in the work is titled with a contrast between the Indians and the English Settlers such as "Winners and Losers", "Hosts and Visitors", and "Farmers and Hunters". This sets the tone for the narrative which compares and contrasts the natives with the new arrivals. The author also attempts to present the complex relationships between tribes before the colonial period and how those relationships changed.

Decimated by diseases brought over by early explorers, native tribes were unable to mount an effective resistance to the immigrants. Declining population was more of a threat to the native culture than was the threat posed by the new immigrants. In addition, the uneven effects of the illnesses were to destabilize the existing relationships between different tribes and shift the balance of power. While the Pokanokets suffered greatly, the Narragansetts lost a smaller portion of their population.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miroslav Stary on November 25, 2001
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Salisbury's book is very well written analysis of Indian - European encounters in early New England. Especially Indian actions are researched in admirable details. For anyone, who wants to know utmost of Indian policy in this region in the 16th and early 17th century, this is the essential reading. But I think, that book has one important weak point. Salisbury omits Puritan mind. He offers only socio-economic analysis of reasons for Puritan migration. But he neglects, that their actions toward Indians in the early faze of colonization were highly influenced by their world view - i. e. by their religion. From this point of view, good addition to this book is for example Peter Carroll's Puritanism and Wilderness (1969).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reader on November 6, 2006
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this views the movement of english to new england with both breadth and depth. truly excellent.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
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A well-written chronicle of contacts and interactions between Europeans (concentrating of course on the English Puritans) and the Indians of New England. Somewhat revisionist, and thankfully so. These contacts didn't have to yield the result they did; the disappearance of the Native American wasn't a foregone conclusion from the moment Miles Standish alighted on Plymouth Rock - the Puritans wanted to get rid of the Indians, and with disease and war, this was accomplished.
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