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The Deerslayer Summary
James Fenimore Cooper

Everything you need to understand or teach The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper.

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The Deerslayer Summary

Plot Summary

The Deerslayer is the opening novel in a series about frontiersman Nathaniel Bumppo, nicknamed Deerslayer. The novel follows Deerslayer as he lives alongside his Native American friends and develops into a legendary figure during the decades leading up to the American Revolution. His rugged honesty sets him apart from the other settlers and his strongest relationships remain with the Native American tribes of his youth, particularly a young chief known as Chingachgook. The Deerslayer chronicles the earliest exploits of this pair as they establish a name for themselves in the northern frontiers of colonial New York.

The novel opens with the French and Indian war. The French and British colonial governments are fighting for territory in North America, with Native American tribes taking sides. The principal characters are aligned with the English side, including the Delaware tribe. Their enemies, sometimes known as the Iroquois, the Huron, or the...

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