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Colonial Georgia and the Creeks [electronic resource] : Anglo-Indian diplomacy on the southern frontier, 1733-1763 /
John T. Juricek.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2010.
xii, 397 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
081303468X (alk. paper), 9780813034683 (alk. paper)
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2010.
081303468X (alk. paper)
9780813034683 (alk. paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Carolina prologue -- Georgia dawn -- Staking out the territory -- Faltering diplomacy with the Creeks and war with Spain -- A wider war and deeper discord -- The Bosomworth ordeal -- Royal government and imperial crisis -- The Atkin mission -- The Cherokee war and imperial triumph.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
Georgia was the spear point of British Colonial expansion on the southeastern frontier, and its early survival rested atop the shoulders of those who successfully carried out diplomatic exchanges with the Creek Indians and their neighbors. Juricek's definitive study reflects his mastery of the documents as well as the personalities of the interface between the colony and the Indians from 1733 to 1763. Nowhere is the colorful and confusing saga of Mary Bosomworth, her several husbands, and her machinations for land and power more clearly or accurately told. Given that accomplishment itself, Juricek (Emory Univ.) also deserves praise for teasing out, insofar as possible, Creek motives, personalities, and negotiating ploys during the first 30 years of Georgia's existence. Readers unfamiliar with the geography of the southeastern frontier need a map that especially delineates the coastal islands, such as Ossabaw, St. Catherines, and Sapelo, as well as the upriver tracts in dispute during the protracted Bosomworth drama. That caveat aside, this publication enormously benefits students of Georgia history, the southeastern frontier, and British Colonial North America, not to mention those following the Native American story. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. H. O'Donnell III Marietta College
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"Juricek understands the changing southern frontier in the mid-eighteenth century, and this seasoned historian has used his thorough knowledge of original texts and secondary sources to create a reliable narrative of lasting value. His readable book highlights the balance-of-power diplomacy of Brim and later Creeks, putting early Georgia relations with this powerful Indian nation into the wider context of Native American rivalries, European imperial competition, and the expanding world of Atlantic affairs."-- Peter H. Wood, Duke University 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.

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