Originally occupied by numerous Native American tribes, the territory that came to be known as Mississippi has a complex history rife with violent contention. In 1540, Hernando de Soto of Spain became the first European to stumble across its borders. The French established a fort in 1699 and were promptly followed by the British; all were eager to lay claim to the region and its valuable resources. In The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 17951817, Robert V. Haynes does more than recount the history of a vital region; he explores the political and diplomatic tensions that led to the formation and expansion of the Mississippi Territory.
During this tumultuous period, the size and span of the territory changed many times, at one point encompassing the Alabama Territory. Early settlers to the newly formed region were primarily a mix of dispossessed Scottish and English farmers, bigamists, debtors, and criminals. Wealthy lawyers and swindlers also flooded the nascent borders, eager to exploit and capitalize upon the uncertainties of this valuable yet legally ambiguous American possession. These conflicts finally ended on December 10, 1817, when Mississippi became the twentieth state admitted to the Union.
Haynes delivers a comprehensive investigation of the critical events in Mississippi's rich and colorful history, such as years of borderland violence, the arrest of Aaron Burr within its boundaries, and the bloody Creek War of 18131814. Extensively researched and eloquently written, The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier promises to be the definitive work on the region's history.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)|