Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

In the course of any research project, one incurs a significant number of debts. Although my thanks seem inadequate, I wish to acknowledge those who have helped me so substantially along the way. Th is work could not have been completed without the direction...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

On April 12, 1715, a Yamasee Indian approached the wife of prominent Port Royal planter and sometime trader William Bray “and told her he had a great Matter to tell her, which was that the Creek Indians had a Design to cut of[f ] the Traders first and then to fall...

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1. A “Friend” and a “Brother”: Gender, Family, and Diplomacy

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pp. 15-50

Formal diplomatic meetings, often held in the colonial capitals or less often in leading native villages, provided the forum for British and southeastern Indian leaders to seek to manage their relationships and resolve disagreements. Here, officials and headmen...

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2. “I Am a Man and a Warrior”: Native and British Rhetorics of Manhood and Warfare

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pp. 51-83

Although British and native diplomats regularly strove to avoid hostilities, the constant threat of conflict hung over the Southeast. As a result, discussions about warfare (both real and potential) took up a disproportionate amount of time in formal...

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3. “To Protect Them and Their Wives and Children”: Women and War

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pp. 84-117

Although men most often conducted military campaigns, warfare affected all members of society: male and female, young and old. Yet most portrayals of Anglo- Indian conflict, scholarly and otherwise, focus narrowly on diplomatic or strategic considerations....

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4. Guns and Garters: Men, Women, and the Trade

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pp. 118-148

A key motivator leading British officials and native headmen to avoid the open hostilities of war was the deerskin trade. Introduced on a limited scale by explorers and a few itinerant peddlers, commerce soon became essential to the lifestyle of most southeastern nations, as well as a profitable...

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5. “To Stay amongst Them by a Marriage”: The Politics and Domestics of Intermarriage

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pp. 149-184

Trade brought a significant number of European men into Indian communities. Most traders took up residence in native towns and married native women, integrating themselves, to varying degrees, into local society. The importance of...

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Conclusion

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pp. 185-191

In January 1782, the patriot governor of Georgia, John Martin, wrote a letter to the Upper and Lower Creek headmen in hope of establishing peace between the new United States and that nation. He addressed his letter to his “Friends and Brothers” in the nation...

Appendix

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pp. 193-198

Notes

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pp. 199-252

Bibliography

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pp. 253-283

Index

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pp. 285-292