Tuesday, April 13, 2010

America's Favorite Frenchman

The book I am reading is Forgotten Allies. It discusses the role of the Oneida Indians in the American Revolution. I am familiar with the Battle of Oriskany from reading a few books on the subject. Amazingly, according to the author 12% of the Colonial forces were Onieda Indians. While the large contingent of indians fought for Brandt under St. Ledger the contributions of the Onieda
seem to be downplayed in accounts of these campaigns.

The book starts with President Monroe hosting the last surviving American Revolutionary War General Lafayette. America did lavish a large sum of money on Lafayette and he named his son after George Washington.

The story starts with Lafayette on Tour of America greeted by an adoring nation. Lafayette stops in Oriskany NY to be greeted by crowds. The general is greeted by a few veterans that he recognized. However, Lafayette asks where are the Oneida. The requests stuns the locals and asks to meet with the Oneida. The locals find a handful of Oneidas in the area. Lafayette remembers two of them on sight Blatcop Tonyentagoyon and Henry Cornelius. He granted the Oneidas something he granted nobody else a private audience. The Oneida told them how they had lost much of their land and could not even hold a great hunt. Many were moving to Wisconsin. The Oneida had a special name for Lafayette Keyewalla or Great Warrior.

Over the next few days I will be discussing some of the material about the Oneida and the American Revolution. In an ideal world European Settlers kill each other and leave Indians in peace unfortunately this does not happen.

The rest is history.

12 comments:

Ducky's here said...

I thought America's favorite Frenchman was Jean-Luc Godard.

Alligator said...

A sample of places named for Lafayette

Fayetteville: Arkansas

Lafayette: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee,

Lafayette County: Florida, Missouri

LaGrange, Georgia (named for the estate of the General)

Fayette, Missouri

The second most popular Frenchman in America is probably Pepe LePew, not Jean-Luc Goddard.

The_Editrix said...

I had to look um who Pepe LePew is. Cute! And I'm so much obliged that they explain that he's a FICTIONAL character! ;-)

Any idea what "Pew" means, apart from a seating facility in a church?

beakerkin said...

Pew is a declarative statement people
make at bad odors.

The_Editrix said...

"Pew is a declarative statement people
make at bad odors."

Thanks Beak! That is sooooo funny!

Alligator said...

Beak, hope you don't mind my little insertion of humor here :-)

The Pagan Temple said...

Pepe LePew is not a realistic cartoon. It takes place in France, and French characters in the old shorts are always complaining about his bad smell. Damn, nothing smells that bad. They should have set the series in a country where a skunk wouldn't ordinarily blend in so well if they really wanted it to be funny and believable at the same time.

The_Editrix said...

"They should have set the series in a country where a skunk wouldn't ordinarily blend in so well if they really wanted it to be funny and believable at the same time."

I guess Pepe doesn't shave his legs and armpits either. (Okay, he's a guy, but he wouldn't if he were female.)

Alligator said...

Pagan, you miss the whole shtick about the "romantic and over sexed" French. Pepe gets confused, lusts after and chases the female cat when she accidentally gets a stripe painted down her back. It wouldn't work if Pepe was in South Carolina or west Texas. The French stereotype made it work, man.

The Pagan Temple said...

Alligator-

If that was the point, they could have set the cartoon in Italy-or some other place where people have a reputation for being romantic, oversexed, and for taking baths on a daily basis. Or at least once a week.

The Pagan Temple said...

Alligator-

If that was the point, they could have set the cartoon in Italy-or some other place where people have a reputation for being romantic, oversexed, and for taking baths on a daily basis. Or at least once a week.

Alligator said...

Pagan, but the French are so suave debonair about their sexuality...the Italians are just so happy go lucky about it. And Russians, Boris and Natasha...I don't want to go there. Sheez, I sound like I'm stereotyping :-)