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The Tuscarora WarIndians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies$
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David La Vere

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469610900

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469610917_LaVere

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The Makings of a War

(p.3) Introduction
The Tuscarora War

David La Vere

University of North Carolina Press

This book begins with a discussion of the eight English lords who sought a steady flow of American wealth into their pockets when King Charles II granted the colony to the Lords Proprietors back in 1663. Fifty years on, North Carolina was one of the poorer, if not the poorest, of England's North American colonies. A major issue was wate. On the one hand, the colony was blessed with plenty of it, including several big rivers as well as the huge Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Yet it was cursed because the waters were too shallow for large ships, and so North Carolina had no deepwater port. That meant trade and commerce lagged behind badly when compared to Virginia to the north and South Carolina to the south. North Carolina's colonial population was small but politically divided, having just emerged from a vicious internal rebellion that stopped just short of civil war.

Keywords:   English lords, American wealth, King Charles II, Lords Proprietors, North Carolina, water courses

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