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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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His Land Was Spoiled: The Settlers' Invasion

His Land Was Spoiled: The Settlers' Invasion

(p.167) 5 His Land Was Spoiled: The Settlers' Invasion
The Indians' New World

James H. Merrell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the unrest in “the Catawbas Country.” According to North Carolina colonists living nearby, “several wicked and evil disposed Persons . . . had by divers suggestions and Artifices endeavoured to disturb the Peace.” Led by one John Ellis, the troublemakers had been telling Catawba Indians that colonists settling the area “had no right to the Lands by them possessed and that even his Majesty had no right to those Lands,” a line of argument quite naturally “tending to breed and foment a misunderstanding between his Majesty's said Subjects and the said Catawba Indians.” Alarmed settlers sent word to the governor, who promptly ordered that anyone making such suggestions be arrested.

Keywords:   Catawbas Country, North Carolina colonists, John Ellis, troublemakers, Catawba Indians

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