Chapter

“now all our Talks are about Lands”

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/9780813035802.003.0008
“now all our Talks are about Lands”

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The interwar years were trying times for the beleaguered Cherokees. A declining deerskin trade, hostile northern and western Indians, and unremitting land encroachments pressed the mountain villagers on all sides. The bitter legacy of the Anglo-Cherokee War continued to haunt the substantially depopulated Cherokees amid the burnt ruins of the Lower, Middle, and Out Settlements. However the basic structure of Cherokee localism and regionalism remained intact. This resilience allowed the Lower Cherokees to reclaim their status as a regional power. While not steady trading partners of the Cherokees by any means, headmen at times used imperial competition and Britain's insecurity to gain greater access to European goods. Added to these economic difficulties was a decline in the deerskin trade, resulting in part from intense competition with neighboring Indians and whites as well as dangerous borderlands that restricted Cherokee hunting opportunities.

Keywords: Cherokees; deerskin; trade; Indians; Anglo-Cherokee War; Settlements; localism; regionalism; Britain; borderlands

Chapter.  8678 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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