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The Pioneers

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

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1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – Chapter 01
3. 02 – Chapter 02
4. 03 – Chapter 03
5. 04 – Chapter 04
6. 05 – Chapter 05
7. 06 – Chapter 06
8. 07 – Chapter 07
9. 08 – Chapter 08
10. 09 – Chapter 09
11. 10 – Chapter 10
12. 11 – Chapter 11
13. 12 – Chapter 12
14. 13 – Chapter 13
15. 14 – Chapter 14
16. 15 – Chapter 15
17. 16 – Chapter 16
18. 17 – Chapter 17
19. 18 – Chapter 18
20. 19 – Chapter 19
21. 20 – Chapter 20
22. 21 – Chapter 21
23. 22 – Chapter 22
24. 23 – Chapter 23
25. 24 – Chapter 24
26. 25 – Chapter 25
27. 26 – Chapter 26
28. 27 – Chapter 27
29. 28 – Chapter 28
30. 29 – Chapter 29
31. 30 – Chapter 30
32. 31 – Chapter 31
33. 32 – Chapter 32
34. 33 – Chapter 33
35. 34 – Chapter 34
36. 35 – Chapter 35
37. 36 – Chapter 36
38. 37 – Chapter 37
39. 38 – Chapter 38
40. 39 – Chapter 39
41. 40 – Chapter 40
42. 41 – Chapter 41

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Summary

The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna; a Descriptive Tale is one of the Leatherstocking Tales, a series of five novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper. The Pioneers was first of these books to be published (1823), but the period of time covered by the book (principally 1793) makes it the fourth chronologically. (The others are The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, and The Prairie.)The story takes place on the rapidly advancing frontier of New York State and features a middle-aged Leatherstocking (Natty Bumppo), Judge Marmaduke Temple of Templeton, whose life parallels that of the author’s father Judge William Cooper, and Elizabeth (the author Susan Cooper), of Cooperstown. The story begins with an argument between the Judge and the Leatherstocking over who killed a buck, and as Cooper reviews many of the changes to his fictional Lake Otsego, questions of environmental stewardship, conservation, and use prevail. The plot develops as the Leatherstocking and Chingachgook begin to compete with the Temples for the loyalties of a young visitor, Oliver Effingham. Effingham eventually marries Elizabeth. Chingachgook dies, exemplifying the vexed figure of the “dying Indian,” and Natty vanishes into the sunset. For all its strange twists and turns, ‘The Pioneers’ may be considered one of the first ecological novels in the United States.