IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION: A FORERUNNER TO COLONISTS’ DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES

Fascinating NY Times article from 1987:

One forum to share ideas between the colonists and the Iroquois, in the years leading to the French and Indian War, was the the Albany Congress between June 19 and July 9, 1754. At the meeting, representatives of the six Indian nations and seven colonies heard Benjamin Franklin. champion the Iroquois example as he presented his Plan of Union.

”It would be a strange thing,” he told the assembly, ”if six nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming such a union, and yet it has subsisted for ages and appears indissolvable, and yet a like union should be impractical for 10 or a dozen English colonies.” Granting of Powers