A companion to the American South by John B Boles

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The Yamasees fled to St Augustine; the Siouan peoples of the Carolina coast took refuge in the piedmont; and the Upper Creeks withdrew their trade from the English and took it to the French, who enlarged their system of trading forts, beginning with Fort Toulouse near the forks of the Alabama in 1717. In 1720 Louisiana allied itself with the Choctaws, countering Carolina's influence with the Chickasaws, and the Chickasaws and Choctaws fought war upon war to keep their respective allies in Indian slaves, until a faction of Choctaws rebelled against the arrangement in the Choctaw Revolt (1746).

Spain's ill-timed and ill-prepared entry into the Seven Years' War 32 PAUL E. HOFFMAN followed, with the consequent loss of all of the South east of the Mississippi River in the treaties of 1763. La Louisiane, thus reduced to roughly the area of the later Louisiana Purchase, was given to a reluctant Spain as France pulled out of North America. The two powers again cooperated against the British in 1779±83, and Spain permitted La Louisiane to trade with France and the French West Indies thereafter.

The works reviewed here, to varying degrees, attempt to do that or can be used to that end. There is no single volume that covers the topics considered here, but David Weber (1992) comes close. A narrative survey of the entire ``borderlands'' from first explorations to colonization and then annexation into the United States and even to the uses of the Hispanic heritage of the annexed areas, this work summarizes the scholarship to its date of publication. While taking a Spanish point of view, Weber is careful to consider Native Americans and Africans and what they contributed to the story, especially during the formative sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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