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Broad overview of the early "Eastern Fontier"
on August 11, 2012
Most Americans think of the west when they think of the frontier but the author of "The First Frontier" rightly reminds his readers that there was a much earlier frontier in what is now the eastern part of the United States. As should be expected with any single book on such a vast subject, the author touches only lightly on many important events during the long history of the eastern fontier. This book deals largely with the relationships and warfare between the Indians and the Colonists. Most of the book I found to be well-written in a highly readable style. The section dealing with American pre-history I found to be a bit too lengthy given that it consists largely of speculation since little is actually known with any degree of certainty. The author deals with the early conflicts in the southern colonies and those in what would become the New England states. The focus is almost entirely on the Pennsylvania frontier for the portion of the book dealing with the French and Indian War. Strangely enough, given its relative size and importance during the period, the New York frontier is almost entirely ignored. The book ends with a brief mention of Pontiac's Rebellion and the looming Revolutionary War. Overall a good, though selective, introduction to the Eastern Frontier.