“every Town wept for some”

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:
“every Town wept for some”

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The Anglo-Cherokee War also altered the dynamic of Cherokee regionalism. Perhaps the most noticeable change was the rise and fall of the Out Towns as a regional power. Prior to the midcentury, the Tuckasegee River towns received little attention from South Carolina. Often labeled the “Back Settlements or outside Towns” by Britain, they were a vague, backwater region of the nation. However the Out Towns emerged as a distinct region during the war, recognized as such by both British and Cherokee peoples. Influential headmen like Round O of Stecoe, whose familial networks stretched directly to the Chota-based leadership, garnered a large following among Cherokees beyond their own villages. These headmen proved instrumental in the events leading up to the war, but their influence and that of their towns waned as a result of British invasions, the death of notable leaders, and the permanent removal of the Kituhwa people to the Overhills.

Keywords: Anglo-Cherokee War; regionalism; Out Towns; Tuckasegee River; towns; Britain; region; Chota; Cherokees; Overhills

Chapter.  8049 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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