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Review of Lenape Country: The Delaware Valley before William Penn. By Jean R. Soderlund (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

Andrew Charles Lipman

Title:
Review of Lenape Country: The Delaware Valley before William Penn. By Jean R. Soderlund (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
Author(s):
Lipman, Andrew Charles
Date:
Department(s):
History (Barnard College)
Volume:
46
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Geographic Area:
United States
United States--Delaware River Valley
Publisher:
MIT Press
Abstract:
For many historians, the seventeenth-century Delaware Valley has long been a blank space on the map, a terra incognita in the heart of early America. Soderlund’s Lenape Country fills this empty canvas with a dynamic picture of a Native-controlled region, where Lenapes--the people later known as Delawares--built a stable set of alliances with neighbors and maintained their independence for decades after the colonial arrival. Countering a long-standing “portrayal of the Lenapes as a powerless people,” Soderlund argues that Lenapes’ political “primacy” defined the region’s early colonial history.
Subject(s):
Delaware Indians
History
Indians
Indians of North America
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