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Deconstructing the Cherokee NationTown, Region, and Nation among Eighteenth-Century Cherokees$
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Tyler Boulware

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035802

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035802.001.0001

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Town, Region, and Nation

Town, Region, and Nation

(p.10) 1 Town, Region, and Nation
Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation

Tyler Boulware

University Press of Florida

This chapter concerns the mid-eighteenth century Cherokee settlements. By 1750, four regions—the Lower, Middle, Valley, and Overhill Settlements—had been consistently recognized by both Euroamericans and Cherokees, with the Out Towns perhaps best characterized as an ephemeral quasi-region. Their locations were well known. The Lower and Middle Towns were mostly situated on the upper reaches of the Savannah and Little Tennessee Rivers, respectively. The Valley Settlements lay directly to the west of the Middle Towns along the Valley and Hiwassee Rivers, and the Overhills were primarily along the lower reaches of the Little Tennessee and Tellico Rivers. The Out Towns, which achieved temporary prominence during the Seven Years' War, existed to the north and east of the Middle Towns along the Tuckasegee River. While these brief descriptions might seem as if Cherokee regions were in proximity to one another, in fact the opposite is true.

Keywords:   Cherokees, settlements, Out Towns, Savannah, Little Tennessee Rivers, Valley, Hiwassee Rivers, Overhill, Tuckasegee River, regions

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