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Colonial Augusta: Key of the Indian Country

Edited by: Cashin
Product Code: H196
ISBN: 9780865542174
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00

On 14 June 1736 James Oglethorpe ordered Noble Jones to lay out the town of Augusta at the head of the Savannah River. It was Oglethorpe himself who recognized that Augusta would become the colony's link to the vast interior-"the key of all the Indian countrey." As this book reveals, Augusta and Georgia backcountry were critical components in the clash of empires that dominates the story of colonial Georgia. Louis DeVorsey's portrait of the backcountry delineates the terrain itself, the backcountry trails , and the reasons for situating Fort Augusta where it was. Edward C. Cashin's own contribution to this volume relates for the first time the story of "the gentlemen of Augusta," the deerskin traders who controlled the frointier. Heard and Tom Robertson, father and son , have turned their skills, as attorney and engineer respectively, to a detailed description of the daily life of the garrison and its its routine brings to life the very stuff of history. Helen Callahan's investigation of Augusta's social fabric asks about the activites of common folk and the lot of slaves, as well as the roles of churches and schools. Professor Cashin concludes with a brief essay on Augusta's role in the American Revolution. Edward J. Cashin is chairman of the department of history, political science, and philosophy at Augusta College, where he has taught since 1969.
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