The Last of the Mohicans Author:James Fenimore Cooper First published in 1826. — It was the summer of 1757, in the thick of the French and Indian War. Cora and Alice Munro are riding through the wilderness to besieged Fort Henry, where their father is commander of the British forces. Traveling with their party is a major Duncan Heyward and Magua, their Huron Indian scout. — Unaccustomed to stealthy t... more »ravel, they are awkwardly making their way through dangerous Iroquois country -- the Iroquois are allied with the French -- when Hawkeye, the legendary frontiersman, finds them. No sooner does Hawkeye agree to escort them to the fort with his two noble Mohican companions -- Chief Chngachgook and his son, Uncas -- than the unmistakable war cry of the Iroquois breaks out.
The ensuing siege is the first of many dangers they will face, including unexpected violence, a treacherous countryside, and capture by Indians. Much more than a romantic adventure story, The Last of the Mohicans is also a meditation -- perhaps the most thoughtful of its time - on the effect of European war on the American landscape and on the Native American population.« less