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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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“the disaffected people of Great Tellico”

“the disaffected people of Great Tellico”

The Struggle for Empire in a Cherokee Town

(p.75) 4 “the disaffected people of Great Tellico”
Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation

Tyler Boulware

University Press of Florida

The Tellico affair was no trivial matter to the Cherokees. Their alliance with Britain, although far from a perfect union, ensured a steady supply of goods to many mountain villagers. The Overhill Settlements, however, were the most distant from Carolina, which hindered British efforts to keep Tellico and its neighboring towns sufficiently supplied. The Tellico mission in large part reflected a search for new trade outlets, but it also signified the rise of the Overhills, with its beloved town of Chota, as the dominant regional force within Cherokee country. The debilitating effects of the Creek War in other regions and a renewed imperial conflict elevated the strategic importance of the Overhill Towns to both empires. Chota subsequently emerged as the regional center from which a capable cadre of leading Overhill men, in the words of one trader, was “always commanding the whole Nation”.

Keywords:   Tellico, Cherokees, alliance, Britain, Overhill, Carolina, trade, Chota, Creek War, regions

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