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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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Revolutionary Implications

(p.186) Conclusion
Carolina in Crisis

Daniel J. Tortora

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter discusses the historical implications linking the Cherokee Indians with the American Revolution. The lives of the Cherokee Indians, African American bondsmen, and white colonists had taken a dramatic turn following the Anglo-Cherokee conflict, when they would find economic and political opportunities amidst war, however limited these might be. The conflict had tapped into the deepest fears of the coastal gentry and exposed internal divisions within South Carolina. In many ways the Cherokee war foreshadowed the contentiousness and division of the Revolutionary era, reminding the merchant-planter class that a powerful Native American military presence could embolden black resistance and endanger white lives and livelihoods on the coast. Independence had become the ideal solution for clearing away the Cherokee problem and continuing on with the brutal practice of slavery.

Keywords:   Anglo-Cherokee war, historical implications, American Revolution, independence, South Carolina, slavery, Native American military, merchant-planter class

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