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Women in Early America$
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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.001.0001

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Women at the Crossroads

Women at the Crossroads

Trade, Mobility, and Power in Early French America and Detroit

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Women in Early America

Karen L. Marrero

NYU Press

This chapter explores how French and Native American women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries challenged European gender norms. Women from New France families that engaged extensively in trade with Native American nations mimicked the expanded economic and political power of Iroquoian and Algonquian women and used the French legal system to empower themselves. Karen L. Marrero shows how Native American women defied French imperial efforts to control their bodies and mobility, participated in trade and political negotiations, and at times challenged the French state militarily.

Keywords:   New France, Native American women, Algonquian women, Iroquoian women

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