The Yamasee War

The Yamasee War

A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial South

William L. Ramsey

Indians of the Southeast Series

324 pages
2 maps, 3 tables, index

Paperback

January 2010

978-0-8032-3280-8

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eBook (PDF)

May 2008

978-0-8032-3744-5

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About the Book

William L. Ramsey provides a thorough reappraisal of the Yamasee War, an event that stands alongside King Philip’s War in New England and Pontiac’s Rebellion as one of the three major “Indian wars” of the colonial era. By arguing that the Yamasee War may be the definitive watershed in the formation of the Old South, Ramsey challenges traditional arguments about the war’s origins and positions the prewar concerns of Native Americans within the context of recent studies of the Indian slave trade and the Atlantic economy.
 
The Yamasee War was a violent and bloody conflict between southeastern American Indian tribes and English colonists in South Carolina from 1715 to 1718. Ramsey’s discussion of the war itself goes far beyond the coastal conflicts between Yamasees and Carolinians, however, and evaluates the regional diplomatic issues that drew Indian nations as far distant as the Choctaws in modern-day Mississippi into a far-flung anti-English alliance. In tracing the decline of Indian slavery within South Carolina during and after the war, the book reveals the shift in white racial ideology that responded to wartime concerns, including anxieties about a “black majority,” which shaped efforts to revive Anglo-Indian trade relations, control the slave population, and defend the southern frontier. In assessing the causes and consequences of this pivotal conflict, The Yamasee War situates it in the broader context of southern history.

Author Bio

William L. Ramsey is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Lander University.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Series Editors' Introduction

 

Introduction: The Problems

 

Part 1: Tinder

1. Carolinians in Indian Country

2. Indian Slaves in the Carolina Low Country

 

Part 2: Spark

3. Market Influence

4. Trade Regulation and the Breakdown of Diplomacy

 

Part 3: Fire

5. The Heart of the Alliance

6. Auxiliary Confederates

 

Part 4: Ash

7. Monsters and Men

8. New Patterns of Exchange and Diplomacy

 

Conclusion: New Problems

Appendix: The Huspah King's Letter to Charles Craven

 

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Awards

2008 George C. Rogers, Jr., Book Award, sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society

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