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Homelands and Empires

Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763

by (author) Jeffers Lennox

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
General, Native American, North America, Geography
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The period from 1690 to 1763 was a time of intense territorial competition during which Indigenous peoples remained a dominant force. British Nova Scotia and French Acadia were imaginary places that administrators hoped to graft over the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq, Wulstukwiuk, Passamaquoddy, and Abenaki peoples.

Homelands and Empires is the inaugural volume in the University of Toronto Press’s Studies in Atlantic Canada History. In this deeply researched and engagingly argued work, Jeffers Lennox reconfigures our general understanding of how Indigenous peoples, imperial forces, and settlers competed for space in northeastern North America before the British conquest in 1763. Lennox’s judicious investigation of official correspondence, treaties, newspapers and magazines, diaries, and maps reveals a locally developed system of accommodation that promoted peaceful interactions but enabled violent reprisals when agreements were broken. This outstanding contribution to scholarship on early North America questions the nature and practice of imperial expansion in the face of Indigenous territorial strength.

About the author

Jeffers Lennox is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Wesleyan University.

Jeffers Lennox's profile page


  • Short-listed, 2018 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize
  • Winner, Clio - Atlantic Prize

Editorial Reviews

‘Highly Recommended.’

Choice Magazine, vol 55:06:2018

"Jeffers Lennox’s monograph is certainly one that historians of the Atlantic World, of empire, and of indigenous North America will want to read carefully. It is an ambitious book that largely fulfills its mission to make us question cartography as an objective science even as the Enlightenment was beginning to blossom."

<em>The New England Quarterly</em>

‘This book is one of the best examinations of historical cartography ever written for the Northeast, and the 41 maps reproduced in the text provide a rich visual complement to Lennox’s carefully crafted arguments.’

Acadiensis, November 2017