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Borders of Freedom, 1812–1818

Watson W. Jennison

in Cultivating Race

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134260.003.0006
Borders of Freedom, 1812–1818

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The fifth chapter examines white Georgians' drive to extend the state's frontiers and expand plantation slavery in the 1810s. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, the growing demand for cotton brought increasing number of white settlers and slaves to Georgia's southern and southwestern frontiers. The resulting pressure to expand brought white Georgians into conflict with the Creek and Seminole Indians, their British and Spanish allies, and the escaped slaves who found refuge in their midst. With the aid of federal troops, the Tennessee militia, and “friendly” Indians, white Georgians defeated their interracial foes in a series of brutal engagements that ultimately extended Georgia's boundaries and defeated the last remaining impediment to the spread of plantation across the Southeast.

Keywords: Creek Indians; cotton; escaped slaves; settlers; frontiers; Seminole Indians; slavery; expand

Chapter.  13199 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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