17th and 18th Century of the Native Tribes that inhabited the land
in and around the Susquehanna River region is a subject hard to
find. Luckily, a lifetime of research by noted 19th Century archaeologist
and student of Susquehanna River Indian history General John S.
Clark, is the perfect resource for students of Pennsylvania Indian
history. Fortunately, the intrinsic value of Clark’s work on the
aboriginal history of the Susquehanna is further enhanced by renowned
Indian scholar Louise Wells Murray as she carefully edited and annotated
hundreds of pages of Clark’s notes, letters and maps from his 19th
Century research. The result is a very sophisticated treatment of
the aboriginal history of the Native peoples in the Susquehanna
River Basin from late prehistoric times until the Colonial American
The three major parts of this book are divided into the Carantouan
Indian Village sites (Part I), the history of the Huron-speaking
race of Iroquoian stock, The Andastes (Part II), and Notes on Indian
Names and Susquehannock Forts along the Susquehanna (Part III).
From Champlain, to the early Jesuits and the likes of Zeisberger,
Weiser, and Joseph Brant, comes many fascinating tidbits of history
that help us to understand the Susquehanna’s early history and more
importantly, the reactions of the Indians to European incursion
into their homelands.
The most rewarding part of this book however may be the collection
of 13 early maps. These maps help locate areas of early Indian habitation
along the Susquehanna River, with the most important maps showing
locations of Indian towns noted by Clark in red. A fitting conclusion
to Clark’s Manuscripts is a most helpful phonetic pronunciation
guide to the many Indian place names noted and used in his manuscripts.
Originally published in 1931, includes 13 pages of maps with locations
of Indian towns along the Susquehanna, with a special section of
5 maps showing locations and names of noted Indian towns in red
print, Limited edition hardback, 6” x 9”, 150 pgs., $39.95.