Elizabeth A. Fenn: The Rise And Fall Of The Mandans

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A book that fundamentally changes our comprehension of North America prior and then afterward the landing of Europeans Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, notable Plains individuals whose overflowing, occupied towns on the upper Missouri River were for quite a long time at the focal point of the North American universe. We are aware of them for the most part since Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, yet why don't we know more? Who were they truly? In this unprecedented book, Elizabeth A. Fenn recovers their history by sorting out imperative new revelations in archaic exploration, human studies, topography, climatology, the study of disease transmission, and dietary science. Her strongly unique…show more content…
In this arresting narrative, part history and part travelog of excursions to Mandan region in 2002, student of history Fenn (Pox Americana) follows the ascent and fall of the Mandans as newcomers infringed on their spaces. "Familial Mandans showed up in what is presently South Dakota around 1000 CE," possessing rich alluvial fields that empowered incredible agrarian assorted qualities. By the center of the sixteenth century, the Mandans had created fruitful business exchange among neighboring tribes, despite the fact that such collaborations were regularly tense and threatening. By the seventeenth century, dealers and voyagers from the French nobleman Lahontan and the Hudson Bay Company's Henry Kelsey to Lewis and Clark-entered Mandan towns and domain, bringing trade as well as illness. Fenn shows how these "experiences"- including smallpox and whooping hack pandemics, and the pervasion of Norway rats that annihilated their corn stores-lessened their populaces to the low hundreds by the mid-nineteenth century. Fenn enlivens and commends the traditions and practices of the Mandans while lamenting the destiny of this little-known North American
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