The Yamasee War
A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial South
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Series: Indians of the Southeast
List of Illustrations
Series Editors’ Introduction
Introduction: The Problems
On April 14, 1715, the Yamasee Indians welcomed a group of South Carolinians in their principal town of Pocotaligo, south of Charles Town (now Charleston) by about sixty miles. Alarmed at reports of...
Part 1: Tinder
1. Carolinians in Indian Country
The fire kindled at the Yamasee town of Pocotaligo in April 1715 might be attributed to localized disaffection had it not spread in time to engulf the entire indigenous South. That it found ready fuel...
2. Indian Slaves in the Carolina Low Country
When John Norris wrote a promotional tract in 1712 encouraging British settlers to make their way to South Carolina, he emphasized the ease with which a profitable plantation could be established. All...
Part 2: Spark
3. Market Influence
Prior to the war, Cuffy undoubtedly walked the dozen or so miles separating the Yamasee settlements and the slave quarters of Edmund Bellinger's plantation on a regular basis to visit his wife, Phillis...
4. Trade Regulation and the Breakdown of Diplomacy
In the early years of the eighteenth-century South, Anglo-Indian trade drew many new voices into it, not all of them harmonious. Southeastern Indians who purchased goods from Carolina traders...
Part 3: Fire
5. The Heart of the Alliance
The fire kindled at Pocotaligo eventually spread from the Carolina coast to the Mississippi River. Its rate of progress was not uniform, however, and the damage it inflicted was not indiscriminate. The...
6. Auxiliary Confederates
The core combatants were flanked on two sides by less enthusiastic "confederates" as Carolinians sometimes referred to them. To the west were the Upper Creeks (including Alabamas, Abhikas...
Part 4: Ash
7. Monsters and Men
In August 1715 Governor Charles Craven appeared before the South Carolina Commons House of Assembly to discuss the Indian war that had set the colony's plantation districts ablaze in mid-April....
8. New Patterns of Exchange and Diplomacy
The apprehension that white South Carolinians felt with respect to their minority status within the colony as well as in the greater Southeast was not immediately apparent to Native Americans as...
Conclusion: New Problems
On February 1, 1733, nearly half a century after the inland Yamasees had arrived at the same location to commence their troubled relationship with South Carolina, James Edward Oglethorpe and...
Appendix: The Huspah King's Letter to Charles Craven