The Haudenosaunee Confederacy encompasses the sovereign Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations. They came together by abiding the “Great Peace of Law”. The key principles of the Great Peace of Law are division of powers among the government, equal participation, including women rights and freedom to speak one’s mind and follow their choice of religion. This was one of the first democratic systems the world has ever had.
The Confederacy’s Great Law of Peace is also recognized for influencing Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to write the American constitution. The Confederacy dissolved after the defeat of the British and allied Haudenosaunee nations in the American Revolution.