THE INDIAN TRADE IN COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA, 1730-1768 : TRADERS AND LAND SPECULATION [electronic resource].
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- In Pennsylvania the Indian trade became deeply committed to western land speculation through its first experience of Indian war in the middle of the eighteenth century. My thesis tries to determine the elements which acted to combine the trade and this land speculation in the development of Pennsylvania Indian affairs. From the 1710s through the 1730s a flood of immigrants from Europe, particularly of Scotch Irish and Germans, rushed into Pennsylvania and propelled white settlers into unpurchased lands. Indian complaints about white encroachment into their hunting grounds increased, and the proprietary government adopted Iroquois suzerainty over all the other Indians, based on the New York-Iroquois Covenant Chain, in order to solve its immediate troubles over land titles with the local Indians.
This delegated Iroquois sovereignty ultimately served to spur western land speculation by inspiring designs of leading Pennsylvanians concerned in the Indian trade for a new interior colony. At the outbreak of Indian war, traders suffered great losses by the Indian attacks. Yet the speculators turned the traders' losses to their own purposes in the projection of western land schemes. They demanded of the Iroquois chiefs extensive cession of land in compensation for losses caused by Iroquois tributary Indians.
Anglo-white invasion of Indian land expanded illegal settlement in the west which laid the groundwork for still more extensive land speculation. The Pennsylvania Indian trade played an active part in that expansion and prefigured the far wider white advance into the west which would be practiced after the Revolution by the new national government.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 46-05, Section: A, page: 1386.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
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