The Last of the Mohicans Author:James Fenimore Cooper "Here is the novel that for generations of readers in this country and Europe best portrayed the native civilization of the North American continent and its encounter with the white man. Despite the passage of time and changes in sensibilities, T"he Last of the Mohicans" is a story of enduring fascination. — It is the summer of 1757, in the thic... more »k 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 Major Duncan Heyward and Magua, their Huron Indian scout.
Unaccustomed to stealthy travel, they are awkwardly making their way through dangerous Iroquois country - the Iroquois are allied with the French - when Hawkeye, the legendary frontiersman, find them. No sooner does Hawkeye agree to escort them to the fort with his two noble Mohican companions - Chief Chingachgook 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