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Title Treatise on the Indians of North America [manuscript]: written in the year 1764
Author Cochrane, Gavin
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of a treatise by Capt. Gavin Cochrane, tracing the history of British relations with the Indians of the Great Lakes region from 1760 to 1763, and offering suggestions as to how they might be improved. Also copies of cover letters addressed to the Earl of Halifax, then a minister in Grenville’s cabinet, and to George III, for whom the essay was intended. Cochrane presents the circumstances that led to Pontiac’s Conspiracy; recounts the means by which individual British garrisons were overthrown; and outlines steps the British could take to secure the Indians’ loyalty.
Names George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820); Montagu-Dunk, Earl of Halifax, George (1716-1771)
Places Fort Venango, Pennsylvania, New England, United States; Niagara, Montreal, Canada
Keywords Pontiac's War, French and Indian Wars, army, British Colonialism, British North America, government relations, Indian Policy, colonialism, Six Nations
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; First Nations of Canada
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information British captain in the 1st battalion of the Royal American Regiment, 1756-1773, serving in North America during the French and Indian War. In 1763, the regiment was engaged in holding the widely scattered outposts in the Great Lakes region. Many of these posts fell during the general uprising of the Indians under Pontiac.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 176
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue