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HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Indigenous
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies
Publication date: April 2023
Catharine Montour, a metis, straddles both worlds, but ultimately her loyalties lie with the Iroquois and the tumbling waters of upstate New York. Seeking peace, she succumbs to the chaos and strategies of the Delaware and other tribes seeking retribution for land confiscation and takes white captives during the Indian depredations of the 1750s. Her Iroquois husband dies and her Irish lover, a fur trader bound to colonial power, is lost to her. Catharine meets Benjamin Franklin and other players who are forming this new country and she and her people become an intriguing influence on a new democracy. Queen Catharine becomes a quiet, yet powerful voice in the construction of a new country that spans the French and Indian War and American Revolution.