- Tuscarora War
The Tuscarora War was fought in
North Carolinaduring the autumn of 1711 until 11 February, 1715between the British, Dutch, and German settlers and the Tuscarora, a local American Indian tribe. A treaty was signed in 1715.
The first successful and permanent settlement of North Carolina by Europeans began in earnest in 1653. The Tuscarora lived in peace with the European settlers who arrived in North Carolina for over 50 years at a time when nearly every other
colonyin America was actively involved in some form of conflict with the American Indians. However, the arrival of the settlers was ultimately disastrous for the aboriginal inhabitants of North Carolina.
There were two primary contingents of Tuscarora at this point, a Northern group led by Chief
Tom Bluntand a Southern group led by Chief Hancock. Chief Blunt occupied the area around what is present-day Bertie Countyon the Roanoke River; Chief Hancock was closer to New Bern, North Carolina, occupying the area south of the Pamplico River (now the Pamlico River). While Chief Blunt became close friends with the Blount family of the Bertie region, Chief Hancock found his villages raided and his people frequently kidnapped and sold into slavery. Both groups were heavily impacted by the introduction of European diseases, and both were rapidly having their lands stolen by the encroaching settlers. Ultimately, Chief Hancock felt there was no alternative but to attack the settlers. Tom Blunt did not become involved in the war at this point.
The Southern Tuscarora, led by Chief Hancock, worked in conjunction with the
PamplicoIndians, the Cothechneys, the Cores, the Mattamuskeetsand the Matchepungoesto attack the settlers in a wide range of locations in a short time period. Principal targets were the planters on the Roanoke River, the planters on the Neuse Riverand Trent Riverand the city of Bath. The first attacks began on September 22, 1711, and hundreds of settlers were ultimately killed. Several key political figures were either killed or driven off in the subsequent months.
Edward Hydecalled out the militia of North Carolina, and secured the assistance of the Legislature of South Carolina, who provided "six hundred militia and three hundred and sixty Indians under Col. Barnwell". This force attacked the Southern Tuscarora and other tribes in Craven Countyat Fort Narhanteson the banks of the Neuse River in 1712. The Tuscarora were "defeated with great slaughter; more than three hundred American Indians were killed, and one hundred made prisoners." These prisoners were largely women and children, who were ultimately sold into slavery.
Chief Blunt was then offered the chance to control the entire Tuscarora tribe if he assisted the settlers in putting down Chief Hancock. Chief Blunt was able to capture Chief Hancock, and the settlers executed him in 1712. In 1713 the Southern Tuscaroras lost
Fort Neoheroka,located in Greene County [ [http://www.arch.dcr.state.nc.us/amonth/neheroka.htm North Carolina Archaeology: FORT NEOHEROKA ] ] , with over a thousand killed or captured. [A People & A Nation: Seventh Edition 2005]
It was at this point that the majority of the Southern Tuscarora began migrating to New York to escape the settlers in North Carolina.
The remaining Tuscarora signed a treaty with the settlers in June 1718 granting them a tract of land on the Roanoke River in what is now Bertie County. This was the area already occupied by Tom Blunt, and was specified as 56,000 acres (227 km²); Tom Blunt, who had taken on the name Blount, was now recognized by the Legislature of North Carolina as King
Tom Blount. The remaining Southern Tuscarora were removed from their homes on the Pamlico River and made to move to Bertie. In 1722 Bertie County was chartered, and over the next several decades the remaining Tuscorara lands were continually diminished as they were sold off in deals that were frequently designed to take advantage of the American Indians.
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