From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Dec 15, 2010 - Social Science - 360 pages
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In this sweeping regional history, anthropologist Robbie Ethridge traces the metamorphosis of the Native South from first contact in 1540 to the dawn of the eighteenth century, when indigenous people no longer lived in a purely Indian world but rather on the edge of an expanding European empire. Using a framework that Ethridge calls the "Mississippian shatter zone" to explicate these tumultuous times, From Chicaza to Chickasaw examines the European invasion, the collapse of the precontact Mississippian world, and the restructuring of discrete chiefdoms into coalescent Native societies in a colonial world. The story of one group--the Chickasaws--is closely followed through this period.

 

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Contents

Introduction
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1 Chicaza and the Mississippian World ca 15401541
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2 The Battle of Chicaza and Mississippian Warfare ca 1541
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3 The Aftermath of Soto ca 15411650
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4 The English Invasion and the Creation of a Shatter Zone ca 16501680
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5 Eastern Shock Waves on Western Shores ca 16501680
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6 Western Expansion of the Shatter Zone ca 16801700
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7 European Imperialism and the Intensification of the Colonial Indian Slave Trade ca 17001710
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8 The Emergence of the Colonial South ca 17101715
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Epilogue
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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Robbie Ethridge is professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi.

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