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The Slow Rush of Colonization: Spaces of Power in the Maritime Peninsula, 1680–1790 (Hardcover)
An overlooked history of the Maritime Peninsula from the perspective of its Indigenous communities.
In 1760, after Montcalm’s defeat at the Plains of Abraham, the French Empire was definitively expelled from the Saint Lawrence Valley. This history is well known. Less well known is that this decisive victory had its roots almost a hundred years earlier when settler colonial systems of power first took root on the peripheries of the Maritime Peninsula (the places known today as Quebec, Maritime Canada, and New England).
Drawing on the concept of spaces of power, historian Thomas Peace demonstrates that despite imperial changes of power and settler colonial incursions on their Lands, local Mi’kmaw, Wabanaki, Peskotomuhkati, Wolastoqiyik, and Wendat nations continued to experience the contested Peninsula as a cohesive whole, rather than one defined by subsequent colonial borders. This engaging history shows how overlapping concepts of space and power—shaped deeply by Indigenous agency and diplomacy—defined relationships in the eighteenth-century Maritime Peninsula and how, following the Seven Years’ War, this history was brushed aside as settlers flooded into the Peninsula, laying the groundwork from which Canada and the United States would develop.
About the Author
Thomas Peace is an associate professor of history and co-director of the Community History Centre at Huron University College. He is the coeditor of The Open History Seminar (with Sean Kheraj) and From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migrations, and Resilience, 1650–1900 and the editor of A Few Words that Changed the World. Since 2009 he has edited ActiveHistory.ca, one of Canada’s leading history blogs.