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Fort Congaree: A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire

Fort Congaree: A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire Fort Congaree A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire James A. Stewart and Charles R. Cobb Fort Congaree, an English outpost built in 1718 on the Carolina frontier, was in use only for about four years (fi g. 1). While conceived with defense of the colony in mind, it was planned primarily as a factor for the deerskin trade and for redeveloping an economy devastated by the Yamasee War, which began in 1715. Carolina, founded in 1670, constituted a major extension of the British Empire into southeastern North America. Th e colony’s strategy was distinctive for the relative lack of attention to fortifi cations, except along the coast as a defense against seaborne incursions from Spanish Florida. Not until the Yamasee War did the English feel the need to develop a systematic ring of interior fortifi cations to protect the colony’s coastal settlements. Th e surprise attack by erstwhile Indian allies of the colony did not change perspectives toward the importance of Indians as trade partners and military allies— it merely altered who was considered friendly and who was not. Following the hostilities, Fort Congaree and other frontier outposts became important venues for the development of an era http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Native South uni_neb

Fort Congaree: A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire

Native South , Volume 11 – Jul 31, 2018

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University of Nebraska Press
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2152-4025

Abstract

Fort Congaree A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire James A. Stewart and Charles R. Cobb Fort Congaree, an English outpost built in 1718 on the Carolina frontier, was in use only for about four years (fi g. 1). While conceived with defense of the colony in mind, it was planned primarily as a factor for the deerskin trade and for redeveloping an economy devastated by the Yamasee War, which began in 1715. Carolina, founded in 1670, constituted a major extension of the British Empire into southeastern North America. Th e colony’s strategy was distinctive for the relative lack of attention to fortifi cations, except along the coast as a defense against seaborne incursions from Spanish Florida. Not until the Yamasee War did the English feel the need to develop a systematic ring of interior fortifi cations to protect the colony’s coastal settlements. Th e surprise attack by erstwhile Indian allies of the colony did not change perspectives toward the importance of Indians as trade partners and military allies— it merely altered who was considered friendly and who was not. Following the hostilities, Fort Congaree and other frontier outposts became important venues for the development of an era

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Native Southuni_neb

Published: Jul 31, 2018

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