The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717

Alan Gallay


The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717

The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717

  • Title: The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717
  • Author: Alan Gallay
  • ISBN: 9780300087543
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover



This study focuses on the traffic in Indian slaves during the early years of the American South The Indian slave trade was of central importance from the Carolina coast to the Mississippi Valley for nearly 50 years, linking southern lives and creating a whirlwind of violence and profit making, argues Alan Gallay He documents in detail how the trade operated, the processeThis study focuses on the traffic in Indian slaves during the early years of the American South The Indian slave trade was of central importance from the Carolina coast to the Mississippi Valley for nearly 50 years, linking southern lives and creating a whirlwind of violence and profit making, argues Alan Gallay He documents in detail how the trade operated, the processes by which Europeans and Native Americans became participants, and the profound consequences for the South and its peoples.


Recent Comments "The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717"

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 [...]

The Indian Slave Trade is set in the southern region in the early 1700s and focuses on the development of trade alliances and the rise of the Indian slave trade. Gallay describes how Native American groups in the south, particularly near the Carolina colony, were critical to the development and success of the colony. Gallay explains how these groups created alliances with one another and how this impacted the violence in the area.

For a book that is supposed to be about slavery, this book has surprisingly little to do with slavery. It is more an examination of the Native American and European interactions in the South between 1670-1717, with slavery playing the part of a small case study within the larger text. Very interesting if you're interested in learning how the Carolina colony's geopolitical relationships with its neighboring Native American and European colonizers grew and changed over time, but if you're looking [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 is a must read for anyone who thinks the European settlers of the Americas were unique in the promulgation of slavery.

For grad course this fall.

Course reading. Skimmed some chapters. Re-read.


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