Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

I am deeply moved when reflecting on the support I have received in writing this book, from family and friends to teachers and colleagues. In influencing its development, Kirsten Fischer deserves a place of honor as a mentor and friend. I can never thank her enough for her unwavering support, thoughtful...

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Introduction: Among the Vanguard

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pp. 1-16

The inhabitants of Caughnawaga awoke to the noise of musket balls slamming into the village’s palisade on the morning of August 18, 1669. A coalition of Native polities from the east—some carrying New England supplied firearms—had undertaken a campaign to strike a blow against this prominent...

Part I: ​Encountering Martial Women

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1. Necessary to Abide: Gendered Spheres and Spaces in New England’s Wars

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pp. 19-57

On April 27, 1706, at least eight people in an unfortified home in Oyster River, New Hampshire, were killed during an attack on their settlement. It was the worst raid on a frontier community since the infamous Deerfield incursion that killed forty-nine people in 1704. This assault marked the beginning...

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2. Everyone Ran to Help: Rank and Gender in the Wars of New France

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pp. 58-79

In fall 1699, Madeleine de Verchères, a young Canadian woman of rank, wrote a letter to the comtesse de Maurepas citing rumors that French noblewomen had led peasants against France’s enemies in the European theater of King William’s War.1 Verchères had heard stories of the daughter of the...

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3. Deploying Amazons: Women and Wartime Propaganda

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pp. 80-102

In 1632, the Jesuit Superior of New France, Paul Le Jeune, began sending reports back to the Jesuit Superior in France. These reports detailed events in the New World, with a special emphasis on interactions between the French and Native peoples. After some editing, the Jesuits in France published...

Part II: ​Redrafting Martial Women

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4. Appropriate Combatants: Women in the New Imperial Military Societies of the Northeastern Borderlands

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pp. 105-134

New England and New France engaged in devastating regional and imperial wars that ultimately bound those colonies more tightly to their European counterparts in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. New France’s disastrous Beaver Wars against the Iroquois led the French Crown...

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5. Resolute Motherhood: Memories of Women’s War Making in New England

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pp. 135-157

Benjamin Mirick published The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1832, one of many local histories of New England towns written in the nineteenth century.1 A former officially designated frontier town of strategic importance, Haverhill was the site of some of the most famous raids in the history...

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Epilogue: Heroines, Saviors, and Curiosities

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pp. 158-162

For well over one hundred years, women assumed active roles furthering the imperial and expansionist goals of dozens of polities in the northeastern borderlands. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, jubilant Anglo-American communities—as well as colonized Quebecois populations—found...

Notes

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pp. 163-188

Bibliography

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pp. 189-204

Index

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pp. 205-216