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Last of the Mohicans--The Facts Behind the Story

This film is loosely based on James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales and concerns itself with events during the French and Indian War of 1757. The main character is Hawkeye, a frontiersman, hunter and expert marksman with his trusty flintlock rifle. Hawkeye was raised in the forests of the American northwest by his friends and blood brothers of the Mohican tribe. They have taught him the ways of the red man in tune with nature.

Hawkeye and his two closest Mohican friends, the father and son team of Uncas and Chingachguk are reluctantly drafted to help British forces in their battle against the French and allied Indian tribes for control of the vast northwest territory. Along the way to a climactic battle at Fort McHenry, Hawkeye falls in love with the daughter of a senior British soldier and competes for her hand with a dashing younger British officer.

It's a great look at the early interface between European and Native American culture set in the struggle for dominance in the New World between two European powers.