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Chocolate CityA History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital$
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Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635866

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635866.001.0001

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Your Coming Is Not for Trade, but to Invade My People and Possess My Country

Your Coming Is Not for Trade, but to Invade My People and Possess My Country

A Native American World under Siege, 1608–1790

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Chocolate City

Chris Myers Asch

George Derek Musgrove

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the first contact between the Nacostine tribe and European explorers and settlers in the area that would become the capital of the United States. The cumulative effects of war, disease, and subjugation decimated the Native Americans of the upper Potomac. Thousands lived in the river valley in 1608, but by 1708 just a few hundred remained – beaten, scattered, and subject to the English Crown. On their abandoned lands, the colonists created a plantation society. The few Native Americans who remained watched in anguish as their hunting grounds and corn fields were transformed by European indentured servants and enslaved Africans into tobacco farms; their trade routes made links in a trans-Atlantic commerce joining the Chesapeake to New England and beyond to Europe. The area that would become nation’s capital was cleared through wars of conquest and settled with coerced labor on stolen land.

Keywords:   Native Americans, Nacostine, Plantation society, Slavery, Exploration

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