The Beaver Wars’ Impact On Greater Western New York

“Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.” While those words come from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984, they could have easily been applied to the pre-Columbian cultures in and around the Greater Western New York Region. With the advent of European colonization, this never-ending warfare climaxed in the 1600s and culminated in the nearly century-long Beaver Wars. How did these wars impact the Greater Western New York region? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report to find out.

Public historian Chris Carosa first sets the table by telling you all you need to know about the European settlements and Pre-Columbian cultures as they existed prior to the Beaver Wars.

In the show’s second half, Carosa gives a play-by-play of the portion of the Beaver Wars that impacted the Greater Western New York Region. He then hints at what happens next.

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