Mass Historical Society: The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast


Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm

Andrew Lipman, Barnard College

Andrew Lipman explores the previously untold story of how the ocean became a “frontier” between colonists and Indians. When the English and Dutch empires both tried to claim the same patch of coast between the Hudson River and Cape Cod, the sea itself became the arena of contact and conflict. During the violent European invasions, the region’s Algonquian-speaking Natives were navigators, boatbuilders, fishermen, pirates, and merchants who became active players in the emergence of the Atlantic World. Drawing from a wide range of English, Dutch, and archeological sources, Lipman uncovers a new geography of Native America that incorporates seawater as well as soil. Looking past Europeans’ arbitrary land boundaries, he reveals unseen links between local episodes and global events.