Thursday, June 24 6-7:30pm
Evan Haefeli, historian of colonial North America and the Atlantic world at Texas A&M University, will deliver our June local history talk at the Hudson Area Library library. This talk derives from one of Dr. Haefeli’s current research projects on the history of the Iroquois Confederacy’s relations with its Indigenous neighbors to the east and south, especially the people of the Hudson Valley. The incorporation of the Mohicans into the Iroquois League has remained obscured but was pivotal to the history of the colonial northeast. It explains why the Mohicans and Munsee neighbors did not join in King Philip’s War and so prevented that conflict from spilling over into the Hudson Valley. It also clarifies the nature of Indigenous politics in the region in the era of Jacob Leisler.
The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.