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Carolina in CrisisCherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763$
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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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That Kindred Duty of Retaliation

That Kindred Duty of Retaliation

The Cherokee Offensive of 1760

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Carolina in Crisis

Daniel J. Tortora

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the various Cherokee offensives on white settlements in 1760. The Cherokees had various reasons to go on the warpath: in light of previous skirmishes the Cherokees had found the need to repopulate using the captives from these settlements, as well as prove their mettle in combat, obtain scalps, and reclaim traditional hunting grounds. Their campaigns were directed at parts of the southern colonies, with success met at varying degrees, though certain settlements were able to discourage Cherokee military action, while others, especially the economic backbone of the southern colonies—the black slaves—found themselves vulnerable to attack. South Carolina, however, grew dissatisfied with the current state of affairs, and criticized Governor Lyttelton for inciting conflict with the Indians.

Keywords:   1760, repopulation, hunting grounds, Cherokee campaigns, South Carolina, black slaves

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