by Allan W. Eckert
Volume 2 in the "Winning of America" series.ï¾
Wilderness Empire is the gripping story of the savage - but artful - eighteenth-century struggle between France and England to gain control of the Iroquois lands in North America. The war demanded that each seek the allegiance of the Iroquois--without letting these Indians know that the prize of the war would be the Iroquois lands. It is the story of English strength hampered by incredible incompetence; of French power sapped by devastating corruption. Seasoned writer, naturalist and historian Allan Eckert has once again created a perceptive and penetrating narrative of survival on the American frontier, with its accompanying savagery, humanity and beauty. This is the first sequel to acclaimed book, The Frontiersmen.
For over two hundred years no Indian force in America was so powerful and feared as the Iroquois League. Throughout two thirds of this continent, the cry of "The Iroquois are coming!" was enough to demoralize entire tribes. But these Iroquois occupied and controlled a vast wilderness empire which beckoned like a precious gem to foreign powers. France and England secured toeholds and suddenly each was claiming as its own this land of the Iroquois. Alliance with the Indians was the key; whichever power controlled them could destroy the other. Wilderness Empire, the second work in Eckert's great series "The Winning of America," is the gripping narrative of the eighteenth-century struggle of these two powers to win for themselves the allegiance of the Indians in a war for territorial dominance. The Frontiersmen, the first volume in the series, is the thrilling narrative of America's first major thrust westward.
"Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the novelist's technique to enhance dramatic events."--Publisher's Weekly
Whipped to a frenzy by the French, the Iroquois were cutting a swath of desolation from New York to Virginia. Terrified settlers banded together, no match for the Indians' cunning. Cabins were burned, entire families massacred, victims scalped, captives tortured. Yet, in the end, the Iroquois would pay the highest price. "Reading Eckert is like listening to a master storyteller: he presents his material in vivid detail, using the novelist's technique to enhance dramatic events."--Publisher's Weekly
About the author:
Allan Eckert is a noted historian and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He also wrote scripts for the very successful television series Wild Kingdom for ten years.