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Empires and IndigenesIntercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World$
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Wayne E. Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753088

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753088.001.0001

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Deploying Tribes and Clans

Deploying Tribes and Clans

Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in Georgia

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Empires and Indigenes

Geoffrey Plank

NYU Press

This chapter examines two experiments conducted by British commanders in which they deployed reputedly uncivilized fighting men in colonial outposts far from the warriors' homes. In 1712 the British army stationed a company of Mohawk warriors in Nova Scotia, and in 1736 the colonial authorities in Georgia placed Scottish Highlanders near that colony's frontier with Spanish Florida, in a town that came to be known as Darien. The Mohawk warriors arrived in Nova Scotia as a formal company and were stationed together in a small fort. Darien, by contrast, was a complete frontier settlement, with farmers, merchants, women, and children as well as men of fighting age. While the experiments differed in significant ways, the outposts were intended to serve as staging grounds for savage warfare as well as function as bastions defending colonial settlements, thereby protecting the advance of civilization.

Keywords:   British Empire, British army, Mohawk warriors, Scottish Highlanders, Nova Scotia, colonial outposts

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