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By Steven C. Hahn

Drawing on archaeological proof and using frequently ignored Spanish resource fabric, The Invention of the Creek country, 1670–1763, explores the political heritage of the Creek Indians of Georgia and Alabama and the emergence of the Creek state through the colonial period within the American Southeast. partly a learn of Creek overseas kin, this booklet examines the production and alertness of the “neutrality” policy—defined right here because the Coweta solution of 1718—for which the Creeks have lengthy been well-known, in an period marked by means of the imperial fight for the yank South.

Also a research of the tradition of inner Creek politics, this paintings indicates the endurance of a “traditional” kinship-based political process during which city and extended family association remained supremely very important. those traditions, coupled with political intrusions of the region’s 3 eu powers, promoted the unfold of Creek factionalism and mitigated the improvement of a local Creek Confederacy. yet whereas traditions continued, the fight to keep up territorial integrity opposed to Britain additionally promoted political innovation. during this context, the territorially outlined Creek state emerged as a felony suggestion within the period of the French and Indian warfare, as imperial guidelines of an prior period gave approach to the territorial politics that marked the start of a brand new one.

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