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Ethnicity, Alliance, Conflict: Scots-Irish Immigration Patterns and the Borderlands of Colonial New York
October 6, 2018 –
Historian Terry McMaster will present on the settlement and development of western New York by Scots-Irish settlers starting in the mid-1700s. His research touches on the shifting and unstable frontier boundaries of villages such as Cherry Valley, Unadilla, and Onaquaga as well as the impact white European-Americans had on the Native American population in the Mohawk and upper Susquhanna valleys. Using maps and illustrations, this presentation will examine the migration and settlement patterns of culturally diverse peoples and the borderlands in which they lived. McMaster will also show the impact of the American Revolution on the Scots-Irish population, specifically with the Cherry Valley massacre and the devastation of the Iroquois villages of western New York.
Terry McMaster is an independent historian whose research focuses on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley, studying the settlement patterns, family connections and border warfare along colonial New York’s western frontier in the 18th century. Terry is especially interested in the immigration of the Scots-Irish to New England and New York, and their sizable impact on the "War of 1776."