Lead: In 1754 a little-remembered gathering of delegates in Albany, N.Y, called to address an Indian dispute, put together a bold colonial plan of union. It might have prevented the Revolution.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The fur trade was one of the foundations of colonial economic enterprise in North America. Management was by Dutch traders, but supply came by way of Native Americans, most importantly Mohawk, Seneca, and the Iroquois League. These eastern tribal groupings were allied with the British. As English settlers gradually moved into the Ohio Valley, western tribes and their French Canadian allies began to attack the English and the eastern alliance. Indians felt abandoned by the English and threatened to break their long lasting economic and military covenant.

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