When we think of Native Americans, many of us think of inland dwellers. People adept at navigating forests and rivers and the skilled hunters and horsemen who lived and hunted on the American Plains.
But did you know that Native Americans were seafaring mariners too?
Andrew Lipman, an Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, leads us on an exploration of the northeastern coastline and of the Native American and European peoples who lived there during the seventeenth century.
This episode originally posted as Episode 104.
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In this episode, Andrew Lipman, an Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College and the author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, leads us on an exploration of the northeastern coastline and of the Native American and European peoples who lived there during the seventeenth century.
During our exploration, Drew reveals details about the Native American and European peoples who lived along the New York-New England coastline during the seventeenth century; Northeastern Native American maritime life; And details about the development of the early American whaling industry.
What You’ll Discover
- Why Drew chose to study Native American-colonist relations in the well-studied region of New England and southern New York
- Native American peoples of the early New York/New England coastal region
- Native American development of the New York/New England coastline
- Native American place names
- Northeastern Native American maritime life and watercraft
- How northeastern Native Americans viewed the arrival of Europeans
- Imperial rivalry between the Dutch and English colonists who settled along the northeastern coastline
- How Native Americans and European colonists integrated each other into their economies
- How Native Americans forged political alliances with Dutch and English colonists
- The Pequot War, 1634-1637
- Kieft’s War, 1643-1645
- King Philip’s War, 1675-1678
- The development of the early American whaling industry
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Andrew Lipman
- Drew’s Website
- Drew’s Twitter Handle: @AC_Lipman
- The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast
- Paul Otto,The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley
- Evan Haefeli, Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield
- Nancy Shoemaker, Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race
- Nancy Shoemaker,Living with Whales:Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History
- Omohundro Institute
- BFWorld Newsletter Signup
- Episode 079: James Horn, What is a Historical Source? (Colonial Jamestown)
- Episode 121: Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World
- Episode 132: Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travelers in the Heart of the Empire
- Episode 185: Joyce Goodfriend, Early New York City and Its Culture
- Episode 191: Lisa Brooks, A New History of King Philip’s War
- Episode 196: Alejandra Dubcovsky, Information Exchange in the Early Southeast
Time Warp Question
In your opinion, what might have happened if contact between Native Americans and Europeans had somehow taken place on land instead of on the sea? How would the lack of an ocean meeting have affected how Europeans and Native Americans met each other and conducted their relations after their meeting?
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