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The Indians' New WorldCatawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal$
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James H. Merrell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834039

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838693_Merrell

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A People from under the World: Europeans and Other Intruders

A People from under the World: Europeans and Other Intruders

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(p.8) 1 A People from under the World: Europeans and Other Intruders
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The Indians' New World
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James H. Merrell

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807834039.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the time one hundred and sixty years before John Lawson took ship for America, when the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto plunged into what is now central South Carolina in search of the Cofitachiques, a powerful Indian nation he had been hearing about for months. De Soto, who had served in South America under Francisco Pizarro, was now driven ever deeper into the unknown by rumors that the Cofitachiques' riches rivaled those of the Incan city Cuzco. On May 1, 1540, after weeks of grueling travel, he and his army stood gazing over a river at the Cofitachique capital. Summoned by the shouts of the expedition's guides, six headmen crossed over and cautiously approached the Spaniards. The explorer called for the “rest seat” he carried with him specifically to “receive the curacas and emissaries with a gravity and embellishment befitting the grandeur of his station.”

Keywords:   John Lawson, Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, Cofitachiques, Indian nation, Incan city, Cuzco

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