Master of Arts
Lawrence H. Leder
England discovered in New York a ready source of beaver pelts; France, from its Canadian base, also sought to monopolize the fur trade. The geographic location of the Iroquois Confederation of Indians in western New York gave them a position as the balance of power between the French and English colonies in North America. England and New York continued a policy of preserving Indian good will throughout the late 17th and 18th centuries. However, the reason behind the Indian balance of power changed with the passage of time.
Cutcliffe, Stephen H., "Indian policy and the new york fur trade, 1674-1765" (1973). Theses and Dissertations. 4110.