“the antient Friendship and Union”

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:
“the antient Friendship and Union”

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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

Chapter.  9449 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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