Into the American Woods by James H. Merrell
Negotiators on the Colonial Pennsylvania

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On the Pennsylvania frontier they were Germans and Irish, Delawares and Iroquois, with names like Weiser, Croghan, Shickellamy and Osternados. These were the "wood's men", at home in the woods, knowledgeable in the ways of the other, able to negotiate the thickets of cultural misunderstanding and mistrust. From the Quaker colony's founding in the early 1680s into the mid-1750s, they did the hard, dirty work that helped maintain the fragile "long peace" between Indians and colonists. But skilled as they were they could not prevent the colony's plummet from peace to war after 1750. The harsh lesson of the woods was the final incompatibility of colonial and native dreams about the continent they shared.

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Paula Pryke runs a successful flower business which has a reputation for innovative floral designs. Renowned as an artist who can turn a bunch of flowers into a fashion statement, she is Sir Terence Conran's choice for the floral decoration of his design and restaurant empire. She runs a flower-arranging school in London, and has written numerous best-selling illustrated books on her art. James Merrell is one of the leading book and magazine photographers in Britain, specializing in interiors, still life, food, and flowers. His photographs appear regularly in international publications such as "Elle," "The World of Interiors," "House Beautiful," "House & Garden," and "Maison et Jardin."
Published January 1, 1999 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 448 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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With Pennsylvania as its focus, the book traces the lives and activities of people of whom many historians will never have heard—of transcultural Indians (such as Shekallamy) and colonists (such as Conrad Weiser) who had “unmatched ability to negotiate the frontier’s cultural terrain.” That terra...

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Northwestern University history professor Merrell (The Indians of the New World) delivers a stunningly original and exceedingly well-written account of diplomacy on the edge of the Pennsylvania wilder

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