This introductory chapter briefly explores the historical aftershocks generated by the Anglo-Cherokee War—a series of clashes that occurred between the years 1758 and 1761, which had created a resounding political “ripple effect” in eighteenth-century South Carolina. Scholars have seldom looked at the tensions created by military campaigns in the South and this ripple effect. The Anglo-Cherokee conflict itself had revealed many surprising interconnections during the Revolutionary era, as the Indians, the settlers, the British, and the French (to say nothing of the whites, the blacks, and the natives) found themselves embroiled in wars and alliances that, for the most part, were revealed to not be as homogenous as these categories had initially presented. These internal tensions eventually resulted in South Carolina's separation from Britain, and on a much larger scale, these struggles also contributed to the American Revolution.
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