Re: The novel

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Posted by Elaine/Mohican Press on July 16, 1998 at 16:32:14:

In Reply to: The novel posted by Beatle Bum on July 16, 1998 at 15:50:41:

: I really enjoyed the movie and have watched it several times recently to understand it more fully. Can anyone tell me whether or not the novel was based on a real story or just fiction? I am also very interested in Native American people and culture. any information on the Mohican, and Huron people would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Hi. James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans" is a 'fictional' work set against the backdrop of the French & Indian War. The story unfolds in 1757, the year of the siege of Fort William Henry. Though it is a fictional work, its historical content is much, much more accurate than many realize. It is the ONLY book of the "Leatherstocking Tales" that was subtitled as a "narrative". (A narrative of the events of 1757)
The primary character of "The Leatherstocking Tales" is Hawkeye ... aka Natty Bumppo ... aka Deerslayer ... aka the Pathfinder ... etc.
Chingachgook and Uncas are also characters of the series.

Though LOTM's main characters are fictional, they are nonetheless modeled after actual people. (Chingachgook, Uncas, Hawkeye, Major Heyward, and even the Munro sisters.) Other characters are straight up historical people; Col. Munro, General Webb, Le Marquis de Montcalm, etc.....

So, rightfully, LOTM should be seen as an historic fictional work.

For information on the Mohican and Huron people, there are many sites on the internet with such info. You may want to start with our own History pages!

Glad you enjoy LOTM! Though it is basically the same tale Cooper created, there are some very big differences in the film from the novel!


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