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Daniel Ingram. Indians and British Outposts in Eighteenth-Century America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. xiii + 257 pp. $69.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8130-3797-4.
Reviewed by Bryan Rindfleisch (University of Oklahoma)
Published on H-Empire (August, 2012)
Commissioned by Charles V. Reed
On the Margins of Empire: Indigenous Peoples, Imperial Fortifications, and the British Empire on the North American Periphery during the Eighteenth Century
Daniel Ingram provides an innovative and novel study of “fort-based cultural interactions” between the native peoples of North America and the British soldiers, traders, missionaries, administrators, and settlers who garrisoned these fortifications throughout the eighteenth century (p. 2). Contrary to more recent historical monographs that frame these Indian-British encounters, negotiations, and contestation within the hegemonic context of empire and colonialism, Ingram instead suggests that these forts on the frontiers of the British Empire comprised their “own little worlds” where “local concerns often trumped outside strategies” and imperial objectives (p. 6). While Ingram hardly discounts the importance of empire and colonialism to his study, he stresses that British outposts, despite being the “forerunners of empire” as British officials tried to “impose mastery over a region,” more often than not failed to control imperial peripheries (pp. 2-3). As Ingram explains, British efforts to install order upon imperial frontiers proved primarily a conciliatory process where “mutual understandings, revelatory misunderstandings, brash hauteur, and pragmatic solutions to unforeseen complications” rather than violence undergirded the interactions between British and native peoples at these forts (p. 26). Ctd....
Attrition, the strategy that dares not speak its name.