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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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Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation

Tyler Boulware

University Press of Florida

The year 1670 marked a seminal moment in Cherokee history. Far from the Cherokees' mountain homeland, Britain planted the seeds of a new epicenter of regional power near the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Charlestown would eventually become the fourth largest city in British North America and the hub of a vast trading network that connected the Atlantic world to the southern hinterlands. The struggling frontier colony seemed like a distant backwater to the more populous and powerful Cherokees. However Charlestown's manipulation of the India slave trade quickly transformed Carolina into the dominant European presence in the colonial Southeast. By 1715, the Cherokees had become fully immersed in British trade and the wars this trade spawned between indigenous peoples. The Yamasee War in particular ushered in a new epoch for Cherokee peoples, for it gave rise to both the Anglo-Cherokee alliance and a forty-year war with the Creeks.

Keywords:   Cherokees, Britain, Charlestown, India, slave trade, Yamasee War, Anglo-Cherokee alliance, Creeks

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