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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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Modern Indian Politics: Catawba Diplomacy

Modern Indian Politics: Catawba Diplomacy

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(p.134) 4 Modern Indian Politics: Catawba Diplomacy
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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/9780807834039.003.0005

This chapter discusses the Anglo-Americans notion that the Catawba Indians were approaching extinction. Governor James Glen, surveying the situation from Charleston in December 1749, feared “the Total destruction of that poor Nation.” The governor's eyes and ears in the piedmont agreed. The trader Matthew Toole toured the Catawba villages in July 1754 and came away “perswaided that the Catawba Nation will be no more in one Year's Time.” Toole was wrong: a year later it was still there, but in the fall of 1755 John Evans would return from the upcountry to report the impending “ruin of that Nation.”

Keywords:   Anglo-Americans, Catawba Indians, extinction, Governor James Glen, Matthew Toole

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