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Colonial Georgia and the Creeks
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This detailed account of interactions between the English and the Creek Indians in colonial Georgia, from the founding until 1763, describes how colonists and the Creeks negotiated with each other, especially over land issues. John Juricek's deep research reveals the clashes between the groups, their efforts to manipulate one another, and how they reached a series of unstable compromises.

European and North American Indian nations had different understandings of "national" territory. In Georgia, this led to a bitter conflict that lasted more than a decade and threatened to destroy the colony. Unlike previous accounts of James Oglethorpe's diplomacy, Juricek reveals how his serious blunders led directly to colonial Georgia's greatest crisis. In the end, an ingenious and complicated compromise arranged by Governor Henry Ellis resolved the situation, mainly in favor of the English.

After spending more than twenty years gathering and editing documentary information on the treaties, Juricek is uniquely qualified to explain the legal and practical issues involved in the acquisition of territory by the British Crown and Georgia settlers at the expense of the Creek Indians. By focusing on the land issues that structured the treaties, he tells a cross-cultural story of deal-making and deal-breaking, both public and private.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Carolina Prologue
  2. pp. 16-33
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  1. 2. Georgia Dawn
  2. pp. 34-63
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  1. 3. Staking Out the Territory
  2. pp. 64-94
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  1. 4. Faltering Diplomacy with the Creeks and War with Spain
  2. pp. 95-124
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  1. 5. A Wider War and Deeper Discord
  2. pp. 125-153
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  1. 6. The Bosomworth Ordeal
  2. pp. 154-194
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  1. 7. Royal Government and Imperial Crisis
  2. pp. 195-229
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  1. 8. The Atkin Mission
  2. pp. 230-263
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  1. 9. The Cherokee War and Imperial Triumph
  2. pp. 264-304
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 305-374
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 375-382
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 383-397
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  1. About the Author
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