Elizabeth Ellis, an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and a citizen of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, joins us on an exploration of the uncovered and recovered histories of the more than 40 distinct and small Native nations who called the Gulf South region home during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Ellis is the author of The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South.
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Elizabeth Ellis, an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and a citizen of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, joins us to investigate the uncovered and recovered histories of the more than 40 distinct and small Native nations who called the Gulf South region home during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Using details from her book, The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South, Liz reveals information about the Gulf South during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; The cultures and diplomacy of the Gulf South’s “Petite Nations” of Indians; And, details about how the Petite Nations interacted with French colonizers and shaped the terms of their colonization.
What You’ll Discover
- The Gulf South, 1680-1780
- Indigenous power in the Gulf South
- Petite Nations & Indigenous power in early America
- Size of early American Indigenous nations
- The Gulf South before European colonists
- Making sense of European colonists and traders
- Circulation and sharing of knowledge among Indigenous peoples
- European slave trade and Indigenous people stealing
- The arrival of Iberville and the French in the Gulf South
- Incorporation of early French colonists into Indigenous spaces
- How the Petite Nations shaped European colonization
- The Natchez War, 1729
- The erasure and recovery of Indigenous histories
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Liz Ellis
- Ellis, The Great Power of Small Nations The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South
- Megan Kassabaum
- Nancy Shoemaker
- Juliana Barr
- Robbie Ethridge
- Paul Kelton
- Birchbark Books
- Omohundro Institute
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- Hannah Farber, Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding (Use 01BFW to save 40 percent)
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