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Masters of Empire

Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of AmericaMasters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael A. McDonnell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A friend from Minnesota loaned me this book a couple of years ago, and I've been working my way through it slowly, finally finishing last night, after another vacation in the Great Lakes region.

This is history as told from the perspective of the Odawa. The author demonstrates the central role that the nation played in colonial and earlier American history, as they played the French, British, Americans, and other nations off of one another. And did so with greater lasting success than some of the other indigenous nations.

Among his claims is that the Seven Year's War, the first world war that embroiled all the empires of Europe, was begun by the Odawa.

I've long wished that North American history, particularly the maps, show our early history as a contest among nations, instead of looking like white Americans occupying empty space to their West. This book helps to flesh out the details of one part of that history.

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