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According to Stanley James Fenimore Cooper always looked to the past in order to understand his present and the future 142 He used his sea tales that he learned in the navy throughout some of his novels however he mainly wrote about Indians from his life on the frontier as a child James Fenimore Cooper was considered a great historian who understood things that people in his time period did not He used many past conflicts to help show his views on what the future will be like Cooper was mainly influenced by his life experiences and his love for reading about Indians Cooper was influenced by growing up on the frontier in Cooperstown New York where he was greatly impacted by firsthand experiences For example his exploration of the woodlands with his brothers helped him learn about Indian cultures Jones 28 Although the Indians were in the past at the point when he lived in New York he still read about the Indian conflicts in novels that he began to read after being expelled from Yale University Jones 28 Coopers father was then sure that Cooper would have a naval career but instead Cooper boarded a merchant ship where he listened to sea tales which eventually became part of his vocabulary Jones 28 The Red Rover and The Water-Witch were two books that he incorporated his sea life vocabulary Jones 28 Cooper did eventually join the United States Navy by having his father enlist him however when his father died he resigned and eventually got married Stanley 140 His life at sea did not have a big impact on his novel as much as the Indian removal and the French and Indian War Coopers first start at writing was when he felt that he could write a better book than what his daughter was reading Jones 28 Coopers first book Precaution was mocking the lack of artistry that he felt his daughters book had
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