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Cultivating RaceThe Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860$
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Watson Jennison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134260

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134260.001.0001

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Borders of Freedom, 1812–1818

Borders of Freedom, 1812–1818

(p.157) 5 Borders of Freedom, 1812–1818
Cultivating Race

Watson W. Jennison

University Press of Kentucky

The fifth chapter examines white Georgians' drive to extend the state's frontiers and expand plantation slavery in the 1810s. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, the growing demand for cotton brought increasing number of white settlers and slaves to Georgia's southern and southwestern frontiers. The resulting pressure to expand brought white Georgians into conflict with the Creek and Seminole Indians, their British and Spanish allies, and the escaped slaves who found refuge in their midst. With the aid of federal troops, the Tennessee militia, and “friendly” Indians, white Georgians defeated their interracial foes in a series of brutal engagements that ultimately extended Georgia's boundaries and defeated the last remaining impediment to the spread of plantation across the Southeast.

Keywords:   Creek Indians, cotton, escaped slaves, settlers, frontiers, Seminole Indians, slavery, expand

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