The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians: 1540-1760

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

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With essays by Stephen Davis, Penelope Drooker, Patricia K. Galloway, Steven Hahn, Charles Hudson, Marvin Jeter, Paul Kelton, Timothy Pertulla, Christopher Rodning, Helen Rountree, Marvin T. Smith, and John WorthThe first two-hundred years of Western civilization in the Americas was a time when fundamental and sometimes catastrophic changes occurred in Native American communities in the South.InThe Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists provide perspectives on how this era shaped American Indian society for later generations and how it even affects these communities today.This collection of essays presents the most current scholarship on the social history of the South, identifying and examining the historical forces, trends, and events that were attendant to the formation of the Indians of the colonial South.The essayists discuss how Southeastern Indian culture and society evolved. They focus on such aspects as the introduction of European diseases to the New World, long-distance migration and relocation, the influences of the Spanish mission system, the effects of the English plantation system, the northern fur trade of the English, and the French, Dutch, and English trade of Indian slaves and deerskins in the South.This book covers the full geographic and social scope of the Southeast, including the indigenous peoples of Florida, Virginia, Maryland, the Appalachian Mountains, the Carolina Piedmont, the Ohio Valley, and the Central and Lower Mississippi Valleys.Robbie Ethridge is an assistant professor of anthropology and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. Charles Hudson is Franklin Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction xi
Charles Hudson
Aboriginal Population Movements in the Postcontact Southeast
Marvin T. Smith
The Great Southeastern Smallpox Epidemic, 1696-1700: The Region's First Major Epidemic?
Paul Kelton
Spanish Missions and the Persistence of Chiefly Power
John E. Worth
Trouble Coming Southward: Emanations through and from Virginia, 1607-1675
Helen C. Rountree
The Mother of Necessity: Carolina, the Creek Indians, and the Making of a New Order in the American Southeast, 1670-1763
Steven C. Hahn
The Ohio Valley, 1550-1750: Patterns of Sociopolitical Coalescence and Dispersal
Penelope B. Drooker
The Cultural Landscape of the North Carolina Piedmont at Contact
R. P. Stephen Davis, Jr.
Reconstructing the Coalescence of Cherokee Communities in Southern Appalachia
Christopher B. Rodning
From Prehistory through Protohistory to Ethnohistory in and near the Northern Lower Mississippi Valley
Marvin D. Jeter
Colonial Period Transformations in the Mississippi Valley: Disintegration, Alliance, Confederation, Playoff
Patricia Galloway
Social Changes among the Caddo Indians in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Timothy K. Perttula
Notes 271(52)
Bibliography 323(38)
Contributors 361(2)
Index 363

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