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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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The Turbulent Spirit of Gadsden

The Turbulent Spirit of Gadsden

The Origins of Independence

(p.169) 11 The Turbulent Spirit of Gadsden
Carolina in Crisis

Daniel J. Tortora

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the worsening conditions of the Cherokee Indians even in the aftermath of a peace treaty between themselves and the British. The effects of war, disease, and starvation were palpable among the devastated Indian territories; now they were pressed from all sides by rival clans if not by settlers and coastal elites who frowned upon British authority and—by extension—the royal mandates that made encroachment into Cherokee lands illegal. In desperation, Cherokee leaders suspended blood laws and actively discouraged further militant activities among themselves, believing that peaceful coexistence could ensure their people's survival more than any other. In the end, the British had indeed sided with the Indians, but the settlers and coastal elites were another matter entirely.

Keywords:   peace treaty, Cherokee Indians, peaceful coexistence, settlers, coastal elites

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