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Timeline of Events

  • Late July 1757

    Cora and Alice, Heyward, and Magua begin their journey to Fort William Henry.

    Chapter 1
  • Late July 1757

    After being joined by Gamut, the travelers meet Hawkeye, Chingachgook, and Uncas.

    Chapter 4
  • Late July 1757

    Magua and a group of Hurons capture Heyward, Cora, Alice, and Gamut.

    Chapter 9
  • Early August 1757

    Hawkeye and the Mohicans rescue the captives and escort them to Fort William Henry.

    Chapter 12
  • August 9, 1757

    Munro and Montcalm meet and Munro agrees to surrender.

    Chapter 16
  • August 10, 1757

    Native allies of the French kill English soldiers and civilians; Magua recaptures Cora and Alice.

    Chapter 17
  • August 13, 1757

    Hawkeye, the Mohicans, Heyward, and Munro pursue the Hurons and their captives.

    Chapter 20
  • Mid-August 1757

    Hawkeye and Heyward rescue Alice and Uncas from the Huron village and go to find Cora.

    Chapter 26
  • Mid-August 1757

    Hawkeye, Heyward, Gamut, and Uncas try to rescue Cora; she, Uncas, and Magua are killed.

    Chapter 32
  • Mid-August 1757

    Cora and Uncas are buried in the Delaware village. Munro, Alice, Heyward, and Gamut leave.

    Chapter 33

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Preface and Introductions In his 1826 Preface, James Fenimore Cooper explains historical references he uses in the novel and cites one of his sour... Read More
Chapter 1 The narrator describes the setting of the novel. The story takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War in North... Read More
Chapters 2–3 Several main characters are introduced by name. Alice Munro talks to Major Duncan Heyward about Magua, the Native Amer... Read More
Chapters 4–5 The group traveling to Fort William Henry encounters Hawkeye and the others. Hawkeye insists they are lost, but Heywar... Read More
Chapters 6–7 Heyward, Cora, Alice, and the singer are escorted through dark passages into a deep limestone cavern. Hawkeye offers t... Read More
Chapters 8–9 Iroquois on the opposite shore continue to shoot at the travelers. Hawkeye criticizes the way Uncas handles a rifle, b... Read More
Chapters 10–11 The Iroquois search the cave thoroughly. Satisfied no one else is there, they demand to know where Hawkeye and his com... Read More
Chapters 12–13 The opening describes a bloody surprise attack that Hawkeye and the Mohicans launch against the Hurons. Heyward joins ... Read More
Chapters 14–15 The group travels through the woods in the moonlight. Hawkeye, Heyward, and Gamut wade in a stream to cover their trac... Read More
Chapter 16 Heyward returns to Fort William Henry and finds Munro visiting with his daughters. Heyward wants to relay Montcalm's mes... Read More
Chapters 17–18 Montcalm and Magua meet early in the morning of August 10. Montcalm explains the English and the French have made peac... Read More
Chapters 19–20 Hawkeye and the other men are sitting around a campfire inside the ruins of the fort. Hawkeye ponders what heaven is l... Read More
Chapters 21–22 After traveling more than 40 miles, Hawkeye and the group of men find the trail for which they have been looking. They... Read More
Chapters 23–24 The appearance of Gamut and Heyward frightens the Huron children. Gamut leads Heyward to the council lodge. Heyward co... Read More
Chapters 25–26 The chief asks Heyward if he can cure his daughter, and Heyward pretends he can heal the sick woman. Heyward begins a ... Read More
Chapters 27–28 The Hurons discover the true identity of the figure sleeping in the prison lodge. Gamut, convinced he is about to be k... Read More
Chapters 29–30 This chapter begins with the dramatic entrance of Cora, Alice, Heyward, and Hawkeye. One of the Delaware chiefs asks w... Read More
Chapter 31 After a pine tree is stripped and painted with red stripes, Uncas does a war dance while chanting a prayer to the Great ... Read More
Chapter 32 Hawkeye leads a band of warriors through the hushed forest. Gamut wants to fight, but Hawkeye reminds him that he doesn'... Read More
Chapter 33 The battle is over, and the Hurons have been soundly defeated. The victorious Delawares mourn their dead. Munro, Gamut, ... Read More
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