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The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France (The Civilization of the American Indian Series) Hardcover – October 15, 1993

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“A dramatic narrative with a tragic conclusion. . . . A lively, readable account of an overlooked episode in Native American history.”—Journal of the West


“A fine history that focuses upon diplomacy, the fur trade, and intertribal conflict.”—Gary Clayton Anderson, The Journal of American History
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This is the saga of the Fox (or Mesquakie) Indians' struggle to maintain their identity in the face of colonial New France during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The Foxes occupied central Wisconsin, where for a long time they had warred with the Sioux and, more recently, had opposed the extension of the French firearm-and-fur trade with their western enemies. Caught between the Sioux anvil and the French hammer, the Foxes enlisted other tribes' support and maintained their independence until the late 1720s. Then the French treacherously offered them peace before launching a campaign of annihilation against them. The Foxes resisted valiantly, but finally were overwhelmed and took sanctuary among the Sac Indians, with whom they are closely associated to this day.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Civilization of the American Indian Series (Book 211)
  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 1st edition (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806125519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806125510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 5, 2004
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This is THE book on the Fox Wars, the second round in the clash of the French and British Empires over North America. I would recommend reading W.J. Eccles' "Frontenac: The Courtier Governor" before reading this. This is an incredible book. Edmunds and Peyser did a wonderful job. All of their knowledge comes from the records written by the French themseles during the conflict. Recommended to me by an expert on the subject.
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This book delivered in great detail the two wars the French and Sauk/Fox Indians fought in Wisconsin and Illinois in the early 1700s. the book was a good one and one I would recommend to history readers, especially the avid ones.
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The Fox River/Wisconsin River road between Green Bay and the fur-rich Mississippi River was blocked by Mesquakie toll-collectors in the early 18th century. Here is an account of the French manipulation of trinket-greedy native warriors to break the Mesquakie blockade which eventually degenerates into cannibalistic genocide.
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