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Mohawk Indians, The most celebrated of the Five Nations (see Iroquois Confederacy). Their proper name was Agmegue, and they called themselves, as a tribe, She-bears. That animal was their totemic symbol. The neighboring tribes called them Mahaqua, which name the English pronounced Mohawk. Champlain and his followers, French and Indians from Canada, fought them in northern New York in 1609. At Norman's Kill, below the site of Albany, the Dutch made a treaty with them in 1698, which was lasting; and the English, also, after the conquest of New Netherland, gained their friendship. The French Jesuits gained many converts among them, and three villages of Roman Catholics on the St. Lawrence were largely filled with the Mohawks. They served the English against the Canadians in the French and Indian War, and in the Revolutionary War, influenced by Sir William Johnson and his brother-in-law Brant, they made savage war on the patriots, causing the valleys in central New York to be