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Sachems of the 5 Nations Proposition to Governor Hunter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02130 Author/Creator: Sachems of the 5 Nations Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: 1717/06/15 Pagination: 3p. + docket 30.6 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: The 5 Nations request that the Governor acquaint the King of their ardent desire for better trading prices. They also explain that better prices will attract the Indians that trade with the French, who will travel to Albany to conduct business. In his answer, Governor Hunter explains that prices are determined by the market and not by an individual, and it is therefore not in his power to interfere with this system.

People: George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727
Hunter, Robert, 1664-1734

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryMohawk IndianGovernment and CivicsFinanceMerchants and TradeCommerceFranceCanadaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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