The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795-1817

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University Press of Kentucky, May 21, 2010 - History - 432 pages
Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, territorial Mississippi has a complex history rife with fierce contention. Since 1540, when Hernando de Soto of Spain journeyed across the Atlantic and became the first European to stumble across its borders, the territory has been the center of passionate international disagreements. After numerous boundary shifts, Mississippi was finally admitted as the twentieth state of the Union on December 10, 1817. In The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795Š1817, Robert V. Haynes does more than recount history; he explores the political and diplomatic situations that led to the formation and expansion of the Mississippi Territory. Extensively researched and exceptionally written, Haynes details critical events in MississippiÕs rich history, such as ongoing border violence, the arrest of infamous traitor Aaron Burr, and the bloody Creek War.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 From Province to Territory
7
2 His Yankeeship
27
3 Frontier Democracy Republican Style
49
4 An Insidious Junto
71
5 A Territory in Transition
85
6 Ruffians along the Border
103
7 Security and Settlements
119
11 Transformation of a Territory
203
12 Natives and Interlopers
219
13 Manifest Destiny
241
14 The Mobile Question
261
15 The Creek War
283
16 Holmes Sweet Holmes
315
17 Statehood
333
Notes
347

8 Some Dark Mysterious Business
139
9 The Williams Imbroglio
167
10 Changing of the Guard
187
Index
419
Back cover
433
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Robert V. Haynes, former professor of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of A Night of Violence: The Houston Riot of 1917. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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