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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Difficult Meanderings of Native Indians #georgiapioneers


The Difficult Meanderings of Native Indians

Benjamin HawkinsNative Americans were frequently having war with other tribes. Some of the smaller tribes (or losers) were swallowed up and lost in identify. They were frequently on the move. Records were not kept of births, deaths, etc. They did not marry white women, but sometimes captured them as slaves. There are a few published journals on the Gutenburg.org website written by slaves. The story told of life among the Indians during the 18th century was that after the capture the tribes were always on the move or having war with other tribes. White families had no chance of retrieving their women. Benjamin Hawkins, a Creek agent in Georgia during its colonization, kept his own journals. Thus, the materials to be examined are those kept by Indian Agents (if one can find such items) who wrote in English and sometimes clarified the English version of an Indian name. These agents were in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia where all of the records survive. I strongly recommend reading the deeds and affidavits (colonial writing) to gain a historical knowledge of the times and discover more information. Interestingly, there are affidavits (given by co-pirates) in Charleston concerniing the capture of the pirate, Captain William Kidd! Samuel Eveleigh of Charleston widely traded with the new Georgia Colony, and there is information to be gathered about his adventures. The wealth of information found in early deeds and minutes of the court provide a bounty of undisclosed iinformation.
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