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Drawing on archaeological evidence and utilizing often neglected Spanish source material, The Invention of the Creek Nation, 1670–1763, explores the political history of the Creek Indians of Georgia and Alabama and the emergence of the Creek Nation during the colonial era in the American Southeast. In part a study of Creek foreign relations, this book examines the creation and application of the “neutrality” policy—defined here as the Coweta Resolution of 1718—for which the Creeks have long been famous, in an era marked by the imperial struggle for the American South.

Also a study of the culture of internal Creek politics, this work shows the persistence of a “traditional” kinship-based political system in which town and clan affiliation remained supremely important. These traditions, coupled with political intrusions of the region’s three European powers, promoted the spread of Creek factionalism and mitigated the development of a regional Creek Confederacy. But while traditions persisted, the struggle to maintain territorial integrity against Britain also promoted political innovation. In this context, the territorially defined Creek Nation emerged as a legal concept in the era of the French and Indian War, as imperial policies of an earlier era gave way to the territorial politics that marked the beginning of a new one.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Map
  2. pp. viii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Series Editors' Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Question of the "Creek Confederacy"
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Tall Coweta
  2. pp. 10-47
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  1. 2. Enemigos
  2. pp. 48-80
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  1. 3. A New World Order
  2. pp. 81-120
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  1. 4. The Challenge of Triple-Nation Diplomacy
  2. pp. 121-148
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  1. 5. Oglethorpe's Friends---and Enemies
  2. pp. 149-185
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  1. 6. The Twin
  2. pp. 186-228
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  1. 7. The Invention of the Creek Nation
  2. pp. 229-270
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  1. Epilogue: The Legacy of the Imperial Era
  2. pp. 271-278
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 279-310
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 311-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-340
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803204157
MARC Record
OCLC
55627144
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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