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Boschlopers of New Netherland and the Iroquois, 1633-1664

Title: The Boschlopers of New Netherland and the Iroquois, 1633-1664.
Name(s): Romans, Timothy Reid, author
Gray, Edward, professor directing thesis
Herrera, Robinson, committee member
Childs, Matt, committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study focuses on the Iroquois and the traders in New Netherland who perpetuated peaceful diplomatic exchange through the supply of contraband firearms and alcohol. These traders who traveled into the woods replaced the Dutch West India Company as the most common arbitrators between the Dutch and the Iroquois. Their actions not only kept the Dutch from losing the beaver trade to other colonial powers, but also ensured the existence of their communities through peace with the Iroquois. This study will reveal how the boschlopers mobilized their fellow colonists to smuggle large quantities of firearms and munitions to trade to the Iroquois. It will also reveal how a small number of these boschlopers rose to an elite status within their community through selling firearms and munitions to the Iroquois. This study will also illustrate how the trade alcohol allowed a broader base of colonists to become boschlopers, but this study will reveal how the elites used the legal system and fear of drunken Indians to defend their exclusive right to trade with the Iroquois. In addition, this study will also explore how the contraband trades led to the demise of zeewant as currency and as the medium of exchange between the Dutch and the Iroquois.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1840 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of History in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: October 27, 2005.
Keywords: Iroquois, Colonial American Firearms, Van Rensselaer, Schuyler, Fort Orange, Boschlopers, New Netherland, Dutch
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Edward Gray, Professor Directing Thesis; Robinson Herrera, Committee Member; Matt Childs, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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