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The Saltwater FrontierIndians and the Contest for the American Coast$
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Andrew Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207668

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207668.001.0001

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The Landless Borderland, 1600–1633

The Landless Borderland, 1600–1633

(p.85) Three The Landless Borderland, 1600–1633
The Saltwater Frontier

Andrew Lipman

Yale University Press

This chapter describes early encounters between the Natives, English, and Dutch. In the initial days of colonization coastal traders were far more responsible for forging relationships with Native peoples than the seasick families and preachers who sometimes tagged along with them. A distinction also formed between how Natives dealt with the Dutch and how they dealt with the English. Among the independent, atomized Munsee-speaking peoples of the west side of the shore, Indians and Dutch alike would find each other to be brusque and commercially minded. Meanwhile, Indian leaders from the composite, larger powers to the east would gradually come to see English intruders as valuable and potent partners. And though the colonists were still too timid to stray far from their vessels, Dutch and English leaders each claimed they had the right to rule the region's lands and seas. But they differed greatly in their methods, as each empire experimented with a distinct mixture of ideological justifications, blanket decrees, and symbolic gestures to assert its claim.

Keywords:   Native Americans, English colonists, Dutch colonists, colonization, imperialism

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