A Wilderness Still The Cradle of Nature
Frontier Georgia; A Documentary History
Edited By Edward J Cashin
Hardcover, 203 pp
From the Publisher:
In the early 19th century, the “Wild West” was still east of the Appalachian Mountains, and youthful Georgia thrilled with the excitement of exploration, adventure, pioneering settlement and tremendous growth. It is a story of swaggering and brawling frontiersmen, Indians who were sometimes docile and sometimes hostile, greedy land speculators and the proverbial Georgia “crackers.” Twenty-seven documents, or groups of documents, describe the comedy and tragedy of this formative era of Georgia history. Six settlers recall their youthful foolishness. Travelers record their explorations and adventures, and most notably the botanist William Bartram, the arrogant Frenchman Louis Milfort, the teetotaler Mason Locke Weems and the noble Marquis de Lafayette. Letters from fearful settlers, complaining of border barbarities, set the stage for brutal removal of the Cherokee Indians from their ancestral lands, described with horror by the missionary Daniel Buttrick. Advice to settlers, a description of log houses, a dictionary of colloquial talk and a list of home remedies provide an endearing look at daily life.
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