The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

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The story is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War, and concerns—in part—a Huron massacre (with passive French acquiescence) of between 500 to 1,500 Anglo-American troops, who had honorably surrendered at Fort William Henry, plus some women and servants; the kidnapping of two sisters, daughters of the British commander; and their rescue by the last two Mohicans, and others. Parts of the story may have been derived from the capture and death of Jane McCrea in July 1777 near Fort Edward, New York, by members of an Algonquian tribe. The title of the book comes from a quote by Tamenund: "I have lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans". In addition, Chingachgook himself provides the title with the words "when Uncas follows in my footsteps, there will no longer be any of the blood of the sagamores, for my boy is the last of the Mohicans."

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  1. - 65th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
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  3. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
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