Great Empires of North America, Part 5: The League of Peace and Power

Haudenusaunee (Iroquois) warriors and traders

They created North America’s first  democracy, and played chess with European empires. Meet the Northeast’s unstoppable native confederacy.

He was called the Peacemaker – and people would later say he was born of a virgin.

Driven to anguish by his people’s ceaseless cycle of warring, kidnapping and torture, he “set his teeth together,” and wandered in the wilderness for many days.

One afternoon he reached a clear, smooth-flowing stream, where he knelt to pray.

He looked up and saw a great white eagle, eyeing him keenly.

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