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Frontier Arms Race: Historical and Archaeological Analysis of an Assemblage of 18th-century Cannon recovered from the Detroit River and Lake Erie

Author(s): Daniel Harrison

Year: 2014

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An assemblage of seven iron 4-pounder guns is contextualized against the military history of the Great Lakes between the founding of Detroit (1701) and the outbreak of the War of 1812. The guns, their markings, their condition, and their deployment, are used as indexes of the increasing militarization of the region, as French, First Nations, British, and American forces contested the control of economic resources and strategic waterways.Un assemblage de sept canons de fer de 4 livres est contextualisée dans l’histoire militaire des Grands Lacs entre la fondation de Detroit en 1701 et le déclenchement de la Guerre de 1812. Les canons, leurs marques, leur état, et leur déploiement, sont utilisés comme indices de la militarisation croissante de la région, tandis que les forces des Français, les Premières Nations, les Anglais et les Américains ont contesté la maîtrise des ressources économiques et des voies navigables stratégiques.


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Frontier Arms Race: Historical and Archaeological Analysis of an Assemblage of 18th-century Cannon recovered from the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Daniel Harrison. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436995)


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PaperId(s): SYM-45,04

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America