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Daniel J. Tortora

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621227

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621227.001.0001

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Put to Death in Cold Blood

Put to Death in Cold Blood

The Fort Prince George Massacre

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Carolina in Crisis

Daniel J. Tortora

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the violence and unrest ensuing in the weeks following the hostage issue at Fort Prince George. Using violence and siege tactics in place of in effective diplomacy, Cherokee villagers burst into action against the British. The hostage crisis did not create a singular Cherokee nation, however. Cherokees still identified first with their villages or clans, then with their settlement clusters. But the hostage crisis did alter Cherokees' sense of themselves. It galvanized villages throughout the Cherokee settlements. And it pushed them toward unified stands not just on retributive justice but on other matters as well. Henceforth, they tolerated neither betrayal nor imperial arrogance.

Keywords:   Fort Prince George, Fort Prince George Massacre, diplomacy, hostage crisis, Cherokee identity, Cherokee unification

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