• Bloody Mohawk

  • The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York's Frontier
  • By: Richard Berleth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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In this narrative history of the Mohawk River Valley and surrounding region from 1713 to 1794, Professor Richard Berleth charts the passage of the valley from a fast-growing agrarian region streaming with colonial traffic to a war-ravaged wasteland. The valley's diverse cultural mix of Iroquois Indians, Palatine Germans, Scots-Irish, Dutch, English, and Highland Scots played as much of a role as its unique geography in the cataclysmic events of the 1700s - the French and Indian Wars and the battles of the American Revolution. 

Patriots eventually wrenched the valley from British interests and the Iroquois nations, but at fearsome cost. When the fighting was over, the valley lay in ruins and as much as two-thirds of its population lay dead or had been displaced. But by not holding this vital inland waterway - the gateway to the West, "the river between the mountains" - America might have lost the Revolution, as well as much or all of the then-poorly-defined province of New York.

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excellent

View of an obscure and often overlooked area of American History. As a people we often pass towns throughout America wholly devoid of knowledge collectively as to the experiences and origins of our fellow forefathers. This book does an excellent job of remedying this problem.

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Spectacular telling of rarely told histories

So much history told here that escapes much of popular teachings. Stories of the earliest interactions of both parallel and divergent histories of the colonists and Native Americans. The brutalities that existed and lives lost as Europeans settled what was the homes of great peoples.

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Indian studies. 101

I wanted a story not a college course. I wasn't sure if I should be writing stuff down for a quiz later.

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Must read for New York residents and history buffs!

The author does a great job of painting an unbiased picture of a tumultuous time in American history. As an upstate N.Y. resident I never really paid much mind to all the blue historic signs scattered throughout the area but now I find my self slowing down to see what they say. I have a whole new perspective on the area I live, Thank you!

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It is very educational, honest and brutal.

It is very helpful in understanding how things went down historically, and why some Indians were willing to fight for the white men, as they called them. The vicious fights and things they did to each other, like make boots out of their fallen enemies. Not even children were safe.

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Fabulous Mohawk!

This book puts you in the time and place of America’s foundation. You meet the people. Witness events. Experience the beauty and harsh brutality of a conflict of civilizations against the backdrop of a beautiful landscape

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Every American needs to read/listen to this book.

Great listen. A great historical reminder from whence we came. Readings like this keep me coming back for more.

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Interesting perspective

The book paints the complicated history of a region and people worthy of understanding America more fully

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Slow start, but WOW it picks up. Great history of Indian and colonists, especially during American War of Independence.

Slow start, but stick with it, well worth the time. A great history of the New York region packed with interesting characters and their stories, both heroes and villains.

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great book

What a surprisingly good book. every history buff should listen to this book . lot of interesting story's about the build up to the revolution and how the mohawk area shaped our country

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Great Story.

Immensely compelling story of a less known part of Amercian History. Balanced account of all sides involved.