Chapter

Introduction

Tyler Boulware

in Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035802
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035802.003.0001
Introduction

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This book begins with an ethnohistorical discourse on the meaning of town, region, and nation to the early Cherokees. It engages recent anthropological and historical understandings of indigenous peoples to explore the ways in which diverse Cherokees were divided by an intense localism and regionalism. Region in particular is a principal organizing theme of Cherokee history that has received only cursory acknowledgment. The book details how Cherokee borderland experiences challenged town, regional, and national associations. Involvement in trade, imperial contestation, and border conflict especially reveal the cultural persistence of localism and regionalism throughout the eighteenth century. The growth of the deerskin trade in the colonial South tied the Cherokees to Britain, particularly in South Carolina and its capital Charlestown. Cherokee leaders increasingly spoke for more than their own town when it came to the trade, which widened political communication between Cherokee peoples.

Keywords: Cherokees; localism; regionalism; trade; deerskin; Britain; South Carolina; town; region; nation

Chapter.  3404 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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