By Daniel Ingram
This interesting examine the cultural and armed forces significance of British forts within the colonial period explains how those forts served as groups in Indian state greater than as bastions of British imperial strength. Their safety trusted protecting sturdy relatives with the neighborhood local americans, who included the forts into their monetary and social lifestyles in addition to into their techniques.
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He also noted that since the conference the Cherokees had sent letters “in very strong Terms” to Old Hop, Little Carpenter, and the Making of Fort Loudoun, 1756–1759 · 37 discover the progress Glen was making in funding the project. “So eager were they to have a Fort,” Glen continued, that the Overhill leaders had commissioned a delegation led by Little Carpenter to travel to Charlestown to lobby for the fort’s immediate construction. ” But they still issued only an additional £1,000 for the project, despite continued urging from both Glen and Old Hop.
But when British allies failed to treat Indians as real friends and partners, Indians could easily turn against them. British imperial and provincial authorities shared the natives’ ambivalence about the outposts, but for different reasons. Colonial policy depended upon capitalizing on American natural resources and manufactures. This involved expanding the Indian fur trade and increasing agricultural output through proliferation of settlements, and both enterprises demanded military protection.
Little Carpenter suggested that Lyttelton himself come to Keowee to assure the young men that the English were their friends and would protect them. Ominously, Harrison reported that Cherokee messengers had been sent to Chota to discover Old Hop’s sentiments. 21 Despite the grim warnings of Cherokee disaffection, Demere’s arrival at Fort Prince George offered him plenty of evidence that Cherokees desired forts for their own purposes. Upon his arrival, Demere experienced the bountiful hospitality that Cherokee women customarily bestowed upon visitors.