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Historical Research Report: The Last Of The Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper

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The Last of the Mohicans Historical ReportThe novel, The Last of The Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper is set in late July through mid-August in 1757 during the French Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, in the wilderness that would eventually become New York State and is an accurate portrayal of that time period in regards of the facts pertaining to the novel's characters and events covered as well as all Native American cultures relevant to the story. Some of the different groups of people that play roles in this story are the British, the colonists, the Delawares, the Huron, the French , and of course, the last remaining members of the once great Mohican tribe; the Iroquois, which were ancient enemies of the Mohicans, were also mentioned. During this time period, the French and the British were contending for land in colonial America. The plot revolves around the characters Hawkeye, Magua, Major Duncan Heyward, Uncas, Chingachgook, David Gamut, Cora Munro, Alice Munro, and Colonel Munro. Other significant characters to know include General Montcalm, Tamenund, and General Webb.About the Author: James Fenimore CooperJames was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1789 near Ostego Lake. He grew up in the then frontier town of Cooperstown, New York. His father settled the area and is considered founder and builder of the settlement and also became a judge there. Later in life, James married a Woman named Susan and they lived together in Scarsdale, New York. In 1790, James moved his family back to his hometown. James published his first novel in June of 1820 after struggling through one whole year of writing. Inspired by the success of his first novel, he wrote a second one, The Spy, which was completed and published by 1821 which was an immediate success. So popular was The Spy that it was soon published in many foreign languages. Mr. Cooper's hero, Natty Bumppo, is a main character in almost all of his novels. Natty Bumppo is a fictional character based on the stories James would hear as a child as hunters and other frontiersmen would travel through Cooperstown. In the particular novel being addressed in this paper, The Last of the Mohicans, Natty goes by the frontier name given him, Hawkeye.A Plot SummaryThere are several opposing forces involved in the plot of this story. Britain, France, and the American colonies, not to mention a variety of Native American groups, are all forces that play a major role in the rather complex and somewhat confusing plot of this tale. In the late 1750's, the French and Indian War has completely engaged the entire wild frontier in western New York. The French army is attacking Fort William Henry, a British outpost commanded by Colonel Munro. Munro's daughters, Alice and Cora, leave from Fort Edward to visit their father, escorted through the dangerous forest by Major Duncan Heyward and guided by an Indian named Magua. Soon they are joined by David Gamut, a ``singing`` master and religious follower of...

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