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The Texas Cherokees : a people between two fires, 1819-1840 / by Dianna Everett.

By: Everett, Dianna.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civilization of the American Indian series ; v. 203. Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1990Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 173 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 080612296X (alk. paper).Subject(s): Cherokee Indians -- History -- 19th century | Cherokee Indians -- Government relations | Indians of North America -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
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E99.C5 E89 1990 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000931295

Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-166) and index.

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Faced with increasing assimilationist pressure, many traditionalist Cherokees moved west into Arkansas and Missouri in the early 1800s. One group retreated even farther, entering eastern Texas in 1819 or 1820. By the early 1830s about 800 Cherokees had settled there. They farmed, raised livestock, hunted, trapped, and traded. Although some Mexican authorities initially viewed them as a threat, others welcomed them as potential buffers against the Comanches and other tribes as well as against land-hungry Americans. Despite lengthy negotiations with Mexican officials, the Cherokees never formally acquired title to the land they occupied in Texas. During Texas's struggle for independence, Sam Houston negotiated a treaty granting the Cherokees land, but the Texas Senate later rejected it. In 1839 Texas expelled the Cherokees, most of whom moved to present-day Oklahoma. Based on Everett's dissertation, this book documents the Cherokees' experiences in Texas and their leaders' diplomatic efforts to appease and/or to ally with Mexicans, Texans, and various nearby tribes. The work is solidly researched and copiously documented. It offers new insight into little-known aspects of both Texas and Cherokee history. College and university libraries. -M. C. Mangusso, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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