The Last Of The Mohicans

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James Fenimore Cooper’s most well known novel is The Last of the Mohicans. This book has been adapted into TV movies, cartoons, and films. His story helped readers understand the importance Native Americans played in history. This period was known as the French and Indian War. Great Britain and France were fighting for control over North America. Worldwide, this conflict was known as the Seven Years War. Both would go on to last from 1754 to 1763. Each side would make allies with Native American tribes to help with the terrain. The French had fewer colonists and would rely more heavily on Native Americans. Cooper began as a sailor at the age of 17, with his first voyage being to England. Britain was in the Napoleonic Wars at the time and he was taken into the British Royal Navy. He would resign from the Navy after his father passed. Cooper would then marry Susan Augusta De Lancey, who would challenge him into a literary career. He would quickly turn to writing historical novels. He would move his family to Europe, where his writings became more commentary on politics. Ultimately, all of his writings were lead off from his experiences that he went through. People reading this novel learned of the great culture clash of the white Eurocentric and the native Indian cultures. The natives didn’t understand nor want to conform to the new way of the Europeans. The same applied for the Europeans. Land was their objectives; the Native Americans were trying to maintain it while the…
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