The Last of the Mohicans

by James Fenimore Cooper

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans is a novel that takes place during the French and Indian War following the adventures of Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo and his two Mohican companions as they attempt to rescue the daughters of a British commander.

Source: Cooper, J. F. (1826). The Last of the Mohicans. H.C. Carey and I. Lea

Author's Introduction
The Author’s introduction is presented to the reader, giving some some insight into the interaction between native tribes and white settlers.
Chapter 1
The French and Indian war rages on as the author describes the many dangers of the land surrounding the Fort William Henry.
Chapter 2
Magua agrees to lead Alice, Cora, and Major Heyward to Fort William Henry by means of a secret path. The group encounters an interesting stranger along the way.
Chapter 3
Hawkeye, the white hunter, and Chingachgook, a mohican, discuss current events while Uncas trails Maqua tribesmen. The hear a party is approaching on horseback.
Chapter 4
Heyward and Hawkeye’s groups encounter each other. Hawkeye becomes suspicious of Magua. Attempts to capture the traitorous Huron are unsuccessful.
Chapter 5
Maqua escapes capture. Hawkeye guides the group to safety rather than risk an encounter with enemy tribes.
Chapter 6
The group rest in the Mohican hideout. As they sleep a strange cry is heard. Hawkeye goes out to investigate.
Chapter 7
Nearby wolves make Hawkeye fearful that the enemy is close. The group leaves the hideout seeking refuge elsewhere.
Chapter 8
An Iroquois attack wounds Gamut and Heyward. Cora devises a plan.
Chapter 9
Heyward, Cora, Alice, and Gamut attempt to hide from the enemy, but are eventually discovered by Magua and taken prisoner.
Chapter 10
The prisoners are questioned and moved to a tactical position near the shore. Cora attempts to assist Hawkeye and his companions, but is caught and reprimanded.
Chapter 11
Heyward makes a plea for the women’s release. Magua’s true intentions become more apparent. Hawkeye arrives just in time.
Chapter 12
Hawkeye and the Mohicans defeat the Hurons and rescue the captured members of the group. Magua escapes as the group continues to move towards the safety of the fort.
Chapter 13
The group rests at the site of an old battle. Hawkeye reveals a fact about Uncas and Chingachgook. The group continues in the direction of the fort.
Chapter 14
A battle between the English and French puts the group in harms way as they move towards the fort. Munro and his daughters are reunited.
Chapter 15
The siege of Fort William Henry rages on. Hawkeye has been captured by the French. A meeting with Munro is requested by the French leader, Montcalm.
Chapter 16
As Heyward relays Montcalm’s message, Munro accuses Heyward of prejudice and reveals a secret about his daughter’s heritage. A deal is struck between Montcalm and Munro.
Chapter 17
The English leave the fort only to encounter a ruthless attack by the Indians. In the chaos that follows, Maqua takes another hostage.
Chapter 18
A search commences for the missing women. Hawkeye warns Heyward not to be too hasty in his actions.
Chapter 19
The search party camp at the ruing of the fort. Chingachgook and Uncas encounter hostiles. A plan is devised to search for the missing women.
Chapter 20
A detour attracts the attention of some Huron Indians. Quick thinking by Hawkeye allows the group to evade the enemy.
Chapter 21
The group continues tracking Magua. Disaster is narrowly averted when Gamut is discovered in the forest.
Chapter 22
Gamut tells Hawkeye the women have been taken to separate locations. Gamut and Heyward intend to get a message to the women.
Chapter 23
Heyward infiltrates the Huron camp. A captured Uncas escapes with help from Heyward.
Chapter 24
Heyward continues to search for Alice. Magua's arrival in camp does no bode well for Uncas.
Chapter 25
A disguised Hawkeye makes himself known to Heyward. Alice’s location is discovered. Alice and Heyward depart camp as Hawkeye stays to assist Uncas.
Chapter 26
A change of disguises allows Uncas to escape a dire fate. Hawkeye trusts that the Huron’:s superstitions will save Gamut.
Chapter 27
The Hurons discover Uncas has escaped. Magua and the dead woman are discovered in the cave. Magua persuades the Hurons to follow his lead once more.
Chapter 28
Magua visits the Delaware in search of Cora. Magua attempts to turn the Delaware against Hawkeye.
Chapter 29
Heyward attempts to protect Hawkeye, leading to a contest of marksmanship. Cora makes a plea to Tamenund.
Chapter 30
Uncas’ mistaken identity saves all but one prisoner from Magua’s grasp. The group vows to pursue Magua.
Chapter 31
Uncas prepares the Delaware for battle. Gamut arrives with news of Cora’s location. Hawkeye has a plan.
Chapter 32
Hawkeye, Uncas, and the Delaware warriors battle the Hurons. Cora is located, but all does not go as planned. Magua attempts to escape once more.
Chapter 33
Munro and Chingachgook mourn their losses. Tamenund laments the end of the Mohican bloodline.
  • Year Published: 1826
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
  • Word Count: 154,291
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Keywords: 19th century literature, adventure, american literature
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