The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies

The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies

by David La Vere
     
 

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At dawn on September 22, 1711, more than 500 Tuscarora, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Weetock, Machapunga, and Bear River Indian warriors swept down on the unsuspecting European settlers living along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina. Over the following days, they destroyed hundreds of farms, killed at least 140 men, women, and children, and took about 40

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At dawn on September 22, 1711, more than 500 Tuscarora, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Weetock, Machapunga, and Bear River Indian warriors swept down on the unsuspecting European settlers living along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina. Over the following days, they destroyed hundreds of farms, killed at least 140 men, women, and children, and took about 40 captives. So began the Tuscarora War, North Carolina's bloodiest colonial war and surely one of its most brutal. In his gripping account, David La Vere examines the war through the lens of key players in the conflict, reveals the events that led to it, and traces its far-reaching consequences.
La Vere details the innovative fortifications produced by the Tuscaroras, chronicles the colony's new practice of enslaving all captives and selling them out of country, and shows how both sides drew support from forces far outside the colony's borders. In these ways and others, La Vere concludes, this merciless war pointed a new direction in the development of the future state of North Carolina.

Editorial Reviews

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La Vere's volume will still become the place to go for those interested in learning about this little-studied but important war.—Journal of American History

Writing engagingly and accessibly, La Vere conveys a great amount of ethnohistorical detail to adult readers. This important work fills a significant niche in the literature on Colonial America.—Library Journal Starred Review

A timely study of some of the central issues, conflicts, and personalities that helped reshape southeastern North America in the early eighteenth century.—Journal of Southern History

La Vere's strongest feature is his ability to bring to the surface the Indian voice, to where the reader is able to have a sense of the Indian perspective and the dilemmas they faced.—Southern Historian

Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
The Tuscarora War of 1711 to 1713 was a significant one that has drawn little scholarly attention. Through the perspectives of its combatants, La Vere (history, Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington; Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut's Tomb) explores the origins of the war, the motives of its participants, and how it was fought. Before the war, North Carolinians were largely confined to the Atlantic seaboard. Constant depredations, including the enslavement of native children, led Bear River, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Machapunga, Tuscarora, and Weetock warriors to attack the colonists on September 22, 1711. After North Carolina, with assistance from Virginia and South Carolina, retaliated and emerged victorious in the ensuing conflict, the colony rapidly expanded westward to the Great Smoky Mountains. The Tuscarora splintered after North Carolina made Chief Tom Blount the Tuscarora puppet king. Some stayed in North Carolina, and others moved north to Iroquoia to become the sixth nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Writing engagingly and accessibly, La Vere conveys a great amount of ethnohistorical detail to adult readers. VERDICT This important work fills a significant niche in the literature on Colonial America. Readers should also consider Anthony F.C. Wallace's superb Tuscarora: A History.—John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469610900
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
251,614
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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This masterfully told story breaks new ground in our understanding of European-Indigenous conflict in the British North American colonies. La Vere brings the major participants to life as he explores why the war happened, how it unfolded, and its many consequences.—Paul Kelton, University of Kansas

David LaVere has given us a long-needed history of the Tuscarora War, one grounded in documentary evidence, constructed around the lives of major characters, and written in a style so engaging that it will appeal not just to scholars but to anyone interested in early American history.—Theda Perdue,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meet the Author

David La Vere is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and author of Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut's Tomb, among other books.

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