Chapter

“half war half peace”

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/9780813035802.003.0009
“half war half peace”

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The onset of the American Revolution forced the Cherokees to engage in the conflict, and the result was far from unanimous. Although nearly all of the Cherokees were embittered by continual land encroachments from American settlers, not every mountain villager agreed upon the best means of safeguarding their homes and lands. Some favored neutrality and were reticent to become involved in the “white people's war.” Others openly sided with the British to counter American expansion by force of arms. Perhaps the best known leader of this latter faction was Dragging Canoe, an Overhill warrior who led hundreds of Cherokees away from their ancestral lands to erect new villages further down the Tennessee River. These dissidents eventually became known as the Chickamaugas, and they continued fighting the Americans until 1794, more than a decade after the Paris Treaty officially ended the war between Britain and the United States.

Keywords: American Revolution; Cherokees; land; encroachments; Dragging Canoe; Tennessee River; Chickamaugas; Paris Treaty; Britain; United States

Chapter.  9716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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