More from our partnership with Conquest Miniatures – some of their superb Iroquois Indians.
The Iroquois are not, as is often believed, a tribe of Indians but rather a league of several tribes and nations – often named as the Iroquois League, or League of Peace and Power. The League was also known initially as the Five Nations as it comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations.
The Iroquois faced the Huron and their French allies during the Beaver Wars which began in 1609 before they were defeated. A five year war with the Susquehannock and their Delaware allies ended in 1663 when a large Iroquis invasion party was defeated at the main Susquehannock fort.
Tragedy would strike them soon after with Smallpox and other diseases decimating the Iroquois to the point where they faced extinction. Three elements of the weakened Five Nations made peace with the French in 1665. The subsequent year, the Canadian Governor sent the Carignan regiment under Marquis de Tracy to confront the remaining Five Nations tribes who had yet to make peace -Mohawk and the Oneida. The Mohawk avoided battle and the French burned their villages and crops. Two years later, the remaining two Iroquois Nations signed a peace treaty which would last for 17 years with the French, agreeing to let their missionaries visit their villages.