Between 1754 and 1763, North Americans participated in the French and Indian War; a world war Europeans call the Seven Years’ War.
As this world war raged, many South Carolinians, Virginians, Britons, and Cherokee people also fought a war for land, trade, and respect.
Today, we explore the Anglo-Cherokee War with Daniel J. Tortora, author of Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
In this episode, we explore the Anglo-Cherokee War with Daniel J. Tortora, an Assistant Professor of History at Colby College and author of Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763.
During our exploration, Daniel reveals what Cherokee and Anglo-American society looked like prior to the French and Indian War; What caused the Anglo-Cherokee War; And, how the British and Cherokee people negotiated peace.
What You’ll Discover
- Overview of the Anglo-Cherokee War (1759-1761)
- Whether the Anglo-Cherokee War was part of the French and Indian War
- The French and Indian War in South Carolina
- Cherokee society prior to 1754
- Virginia and South Carolina competition for Cherokee Trade
- Where North Carolina fit within the Virginia-South Carolina contest for the Cherokee trade
- South Carolinian society in 1754
- Disease in Anglo and Cherokee societies
- Cherokees and slavery
- Cherokee war culture
- How the 1758 British campaign against Fort Duquesne soured Anglo-Cherokee relations
- Participants in the Anglo-Cherokee War
- Attakullakulla’s role in Anglo-Cherokee relations
- William Henry Lyttelton’s role in Anglo-Cherokee relations
- How the British and Cherokee negotiated peace
- Terms of the British-Cherokee peace treaty
- How the Anglo-Cherokee War influenced Cherokee views during the American Revolution
- How African Americans saw opportunities in the Anglo-Cherokee War
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Daniel Tortora
- Daniel’s Colby College webpage
- Daniel’s LinkedIn Page
- Daniel’s Amazon Author’s Page
- Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763
- Fort Halifax:: Winslow's Historic Outpost
- John Olifant, Peace and War on the Anglo-Cherokee Frontier, 1756–63
- Tom Hatley, The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians through the Era of Revolution
Time Warp Question
In your opinion what might have happened if African American slaves had found a way to join the Cherokee in their war against white South Carolinians?
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