Iroquois Kings Visit London

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Historical Context Note

In April 1710 three Mohawks and a Mahican – all members of the Six Nations of the Iroquois League which dominated what is now upper New York State – visited London on an embassy with Johannes Schuyler and Francis Nicholson representing the colonists of New York to petition Queen Anne for support in a military expedition against the French in Canada. Although the representatives were not the most powerful Iroquois chiefs – who were still smarting from a British failure to support them in 1709 – they were much lauded as Indian Kings and were the toast of London for two weeks. They had their portraits painted, were the subject of two contemporary pamphlets and were satirized by Joseph Addison in The Spectator, 27 April 1…

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Citation:
Clark, Robert. "Iroquois Kings Visit London". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2008
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