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The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

Robert V. Haynes

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125770
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125770.001.0001
The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, territorial Mississippi has a complex history rife with fierce contention. Since 1540, when Hernando de Soto of Spain journeyed across the Atlantic and became the first European to stumble across its borders, the territory has been the center of passionate international disagreements. After numerous boundary shifts, Mississippi was finally admitted as the twentieth state of the Union on December 10, 1817. This book does more than recount history; it explores the political and diplomatic situations that led to the formation and expansion of the Mississippi Territory. This extensively researched book details critical events in Mississippi's rich history, such as ongoing border violence, the arrest of infamous traitor Aaron Burr, and the bloody Creek War.

Keywords: Native American tribes; Mississippi; Hernando de Soto; Spain; border violence; Aaron Burr; Creek War

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Prologue in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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From Province to Territory in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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“His Yankeeship” in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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Frontier Democracy, Republican Style in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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An “Insidious Junto” in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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A Territory in Transition in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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Ruffians along the Border in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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Security and Settlements in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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“Some Dark Mysterious Business” in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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The Williams Imbroglio in The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

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