His Majesty’s Indian Allies is a study of British-Indian policy in North America from the time of the American Revolution to the end of the War of 1812, with particular focus on Canada.
Robert S. Allen earned his doctorate in history at the University of Wales. His previous publications include The British Indian Department and the Frontier in North America (1975), Native Studies in Canada: A Research Guide (1989, 3d ed.), and Loyalist Literature (1982). Allen lives in Ottawa and is deputy chief, Claims and Historical Research Centre, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. The centre's mandate is to facilitate native researchers and others in aspects of native history and land-claims investigations.
"His Majesty's Indian Allies is a work of sound and extensive scholarship which can be read with interest by those schooled in James Fenimore Cooper or otherwise fascinated by the romance of Indian lore."
“Robert S. Allen's His Majesty's Indian Allies is a readable, thought-provoking, worthwhile summary of British-Indian relations, which effectively complements the existing literature on the British and the Great Lakes Indians."
"Nowhere has the new attitude towards the Indians been better illustrated than in Rob Allen's His Majesty's Indian Allies."
"A valuable book that intensively considers Canada's defense from the American War of Independence through the War of 1812."
"Allen's study offers interesting new historical insights into why Canada's Native peoples consider themselves still to be more than mere pawns in Ottawa's sovereignty-association games."