Lead: Called together to deal with Indian dissatisfaction with their perceived lack of British support in their struggle with the French, the Albany Congress of 1754 went off in a whole new direction.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Not all the colonies sent delegates and the Iroquois representatives showed up late, but it was clear by June 27, 1754 that there two major issues at hand, mollifying the Indians and drafting a structure for a Union of the colonies. The first matter took several days and with the presentation of 30 wagonloads of gifts and endless talk, the alliance was largely restored. Benjamin Franklin was much impressed by the unity and sophistication that he saw within the Iroquois League and wrote at the time, “It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme for such an union, and be able to execute it in such a manner as…subsisted [for] ages and appears indissoluble; and yet…a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it is more necessary and must be more advantageous, and who cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interests.” After hearing the eloquent speeches of the Iroquois chieftains at the meeting he presumably revised his appreciation of ‘savage ignorance.’