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Angela Calcaterra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469646947

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646947.001.0001

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Boundaries and Paths

Boundaries and Paths

Storied Maps of the Virginia–North Carolina Dividing Line and Its Crossings

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(p.15) Chapter One Boundaries and Paths
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Literary Indians
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Angela Calcaterra

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646947.003.0002

Chapter 1 traces intersections between Indigenous maps in the early eighteenth-century colonial southeast and William Byrd II’s History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina (written in the years following the 1728 boundary-line survey). It shows that the creation of an Anglo-American colonial border and a text considered highly literary cannot be separated from the real and figurative lines Catawba, Cherokee, Weyanoke, and other Native people drew to distinguish polities in the region. Native peoples’ maps, narratives, and political assertions of space and relations shaped the Virginia-North Carolina boundary dispute and survey at every turn, contributing to the meandering form of Byrd’s History, a text he never completed to his satisfaction. Native creative practices were central to colonial American literatures of space and place.

Keywords:   Native American maps, Eighteenth-century American literature, Byrd, William II, Geography and early American literature, Cherokee oral tradition, Virginia-North Carolina boundary line, Catawba Indians, Meherrin Indians, Weyanoke Indians, Nottoway Indians

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