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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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Destroying Their Towns, and Cutting Up Their Settlements

Destroying Their Towns, and Cutting Up Their Settlements

The Grant Campaign

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Carolina in Crisis

Daniel J. Tortora

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter chronicles the British response to the more recent Cherokee campaigns, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Grant. Grant was ordered to take the offensive, destroying their Towns and cutting up their Settlements. With the French threat seemingly neutralized in North America, incapacitating the Cherokees—and punishing them for their success in 1760 with a harsh and formal peace—remained a key goal for South Carolina. To bring this about, Grant unleashed wanton destruction. Cherokees ran out of options other than to accept a formal declaration of peace. For the Cherokee Indians, survival depended upon making peace on British terms.

Keywords:   James Grant, Cherokees, South Carolina, Grant campaign, formal peace

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