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The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise Of The English Empire In The American South, 1670-1717
by Alan Gallay
This title focuses on the traffic in Indian slaves in the American South. Alan Gallay documents in vivid detail the operation of the slave trade, the processes by which Europeans and Native Americans became participants in it, and the profound consequences it had for the South and its peoples.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 10th 2003 by Yale University Press
(first published 2002)
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The title of Gallay's The Indian Slave Trade actually seems to mistate the broader scope of this work. He only occasionally focuses in on the details of the trade, instead this is a book about the interaction between empires and the various native peoples inhabiting the American southeast. It addresses the slave trade and South Carolina, but Gallay is more interested in the native peoples and he provided extensive detail of groups from the Arkansas to the Apalachee, even up to the Iroquois, but ...more
Great book, a must-read for colonial history and understanding the origins of America. Gallay is showing the extent and nature of the Indian slave trade in the (mostly southern) colonies. Indian slave trading existed long before colonists arrived, as the "mourning war" was part of Indian life and culture. However slavery began to work differently once colonials got involved and the number of slaves taken skyrocketed. Agricultural developments necessitated large extensions in the amount of human ...more
A subject scarcely treated in history books, the Indian slave trade was at the heart of colonial relations in the Southeast. Wars were perpetrated to expand the trade, careers and fortunes were made from it, and the institutions of the British Empire in the south were established partly to protect it. Gallay's strength is is assiduous research and careful analysis. An excellent beginning for anyone interested in the politics of the "southern frontier" in colonial America.
This book is written at a relatively high Lexile level, is well researched and provides a detailed description of the interaction of colonial and Native American culture in the Southeast. Most students were unaware that the practice of capturing Native Americans and selling them into slavery exited as part of the culture and history of the United States. This book is a useful tool for illuminating this often overlooked aspect of American History.