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Snowshoe Country An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast

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By: Thomas M Wickman(Author)
326 pages, 13 b/w illustrations
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Snowshoe Country is an environmental and cultural history of winter in the colonial Northeast America, closely examining indigenous and settler knowledge of snow, ice, and life in the cold. Indigenous communities in this region were more knowledgeable about the cold than European newcomers from temperate climates, and English settlers were especially slow to adapt. To keep surviving the winter year after year and decade after decade, English colonists relied on Native assistance, borrowed indigenous winter knowledge, and followed seasonal diplomatic protocols to ensure stable relations with tribal leaders. Thomas M. Wickman explores how fluctuations in winter weather and the halting exchange of winter knowledge both inhibited and facilitated English colonialism from the 1620s to the early 1700s. As their winter survival strategies improved, due to skills and technologies appropriated from Natives, colonial leaders were able to impose a new political ecology in the greater Northeast, projecting year-round authority over indigenous lands.


1. Snowshoes and Indigenous Winter Ecologies
2. Overwintering, or When Colonists Stayed Year-Round
3. Seasons of Violence and Routes to Safety in King Philip's War
4. Frigid Nights and Icy Days in Colonial Boston
5. Wabanaki Winter Knowledge in the Coldest Years
6. Snowshoe Men and a New Season of Want
7. The Idea of Apolitical New England Winters
8. Seasons and Survivance

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Thomas M. Wickman is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Trinity College, Connecticut.

Coming Soon
By: Thomas M Wickman(Author)
326 pages, 13 b/w illustrations
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"Wickman's Snowshoe Country presents a stunning reappraisal of seventeenth-century New England's extreme winter cold and its role in balancing between 'Indians' winter power' and Europeans' hesitant adaptation."
– Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University

"By contrasting the experiences of the Wabanaki people and their English invaders during a time of climate change, Thomas M. Wickman beautifully demonstrates that climate history may be very instructive for us, even as he makes clear that, in the context of settler colonialism (then or now), 'us' is a complicated if not contested category."
– Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University, Massachusetts

"Wabnakis and English lived in a world where the snowshoe was as important as the plough. As Thomas M. Wickman reveals in this pathbreaking book, snow and cold mattered in ways that historians have forgotten or ignored. Not since William Cronon's Changes in the Land have we had such a subtle study of humans and environment in the northeast. Winter has arrived in the history of early New England."
– Peter Mancall, University of Southern California

"Snowshoe Country restores vital Northeastern winter lands to the center of Indigenous history, settler colonialism, and environmental studies of New England. Thomas M. Wickman elucidates complex winter ecologies and adaptations, delving deeply into a diverse documentary record, the archive of Indigenous winter knowledge and technologies, and enduring literatures of survivance. A must read for anyone interested in colonial American history or climate change."
– Lisa Brooks, Amherst College, Massachusetts, and author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War

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