Essay about The Last Of The Mohicans

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The Last of the Mohicans was written in 1826 by James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper was born September 15, 1789 in Burlington, New Jersey. Born the son of a wealthy judge, his family moved to Cooperstown, New York when he was just a year old. The town was named in his father's honor. Cooper was raised and received his early education in Cooperstown, where he was introduced into influential social circles. At the age of thirteen, he was sent to Yale University to study. He was expelled from the school for continuous pranks including putting a donkey on a professor's chair and exploding gunpowder on the campus. After he left Yale, he spent two years as a merchant marine before joining the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, his father was killed by a …show more content…
James Fenimore Cooper died in Cooperstown on September, 14, 1851.
The Last of the Mohicans takes place in 1757, in upstate New York, amidst the British wars with the French and the Indians. It is the story of a dangerous journey between two British forts taken by two daughters of one of commander of one of the forts, their traveling companions and the Indians they encounter along the way. The story begins with Alice and Cora, the daughters of Colonel Munro, commander of Fort William Henry, heading out from Fort Edward, accompanied by Major Heyward, to visit their father. The three are guided by an Indian, Magua, who eventually betrays them, in an act of revenge, and leads them into a trap.
Along the way, they encounter David Gamut, a religious signer from Conneticuit, who joins them on their trek to the fort. Later they meet Hawkeye and two Mohican Indians, Chingachgook and his son Uncas, who determine the Indian guide is an enemy. They attempt to capture him, but he escapes only to later along the journey reappear with reinforcements from his Huron Tribe. Guided and protected by Hawkeye and the Mohicans, the group continues to the Fort, the trek included several battles with the Hurons, one of which resulted in part of the group being captured and later rescued. When the party finally nears Fort William Henry, they find it under attack by the French. Under the cover of fog, the groups

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