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Author Jennings, Matthew, 1976-

Title New worlds of violence : cultures and conquests in the early American Southeast / Matthew Jennings.

Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2011.
Edition 1st ed.
 Law Indigenous Ppls. Coll  F212 .J46 2011     AVAILABLE
Descript xxxiv, 270 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-263) and index.
Contents Introduction : cultures of violence -- Violence in the Mississippian world -- Spanish and Mississippian violence -- The fight for Florida -- Violence after the entrada -- Creating English conquest -- Violence and the founding of English Carolina -- Violence in the era of the Yamasee War -- American nations, American violence.
Summary From the early 1500s to the mid-1700s, the American Southeast was the scene of continuous tumult as European powers vied for dominance in the region while waging war on Native American communities. Yet even before Hernando de Soto landed his expeditionary force on the Gulf shores of Florida, Native Americans had created their own "cultures of violence" sets of ideas about when it was appropriate to use violence and what sorts of violence were appropriate to a given situation. In "New Worlds of Violence," Matthew Jennings offers a persuasive new framework for understanding the European-Native American contact period and the conflicts among indigenous peoples that preceded it. This pioneering approach posits that every group present in the Southeast had its own ideas about the use of violence and that these ideas changed over time as they collided with one another. The book starts with the Mississippian era and continues through the successive Spanish and English invasions of the Native South. Jennings argues that the English conquered the Southeast because they were able to force everyone else to adapt to their culture of violence, which, of course, changed over time as well. By 1740, a peculiarly Anglo-American culture of violence was in place that would profoundly influence the expansion of England's colonies and the eventual southern United States. While Native and African violence were present in this world, they moved in circles defined by the English.
Subject Southern States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Southern States -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
Southern States -- Discovery and exploration -- British.
Violence -- Southern States -- History -- 17th century.
Violence -- Southern States -- History -- 18th century.
Indians of North America -- First contact with Europeans -- Southern States.
Indians of North America -- Southern States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1600-1750.
Indians of North America -- Wars -- Southern States.
Whites -- Southern States -- Relations with Indians.
ISBN 9781572337565 (hardcover)
1572337567 (hardcover)