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The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper, actually takes place during colonial times, in the 1750s in the early years of the French and Indian War, so it is difficult to contrast it with that time period except to say that the British colonies were generally more well developed on the coast by this time, and more than 1 million British subjects lived in the 13 colonies. In the 1600s they were much more scarcely populated.
The story/film also takes place on the frontier at that time, which was the Appalachian Mountain range and the most vulnerable to French/Native American attacks. Also, as the title of the book implies, many of the tribes along the east coast had been all but exterminated by disease and war by the time of the mid 18th century.
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