At dawn on September 22, 1711, more than five
hundred Tuscarora, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Weetock, Machapunga, and Bear River
Indian warriors swept down on the unsuspecting European settlers living along
the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina. During the following days, they
destroyed hundreds of farms, killed at least 140 men, women, and children, and
took about 40 captives. So began the Tuscarora War, North Carolina’s
bloodiest colonial war and surely one of its most brutal. In his gripping
account, David La Vere examines the war through the lens of key players in the
conflict, reveals the events that led to it, and traces its far-reaching
La Vere details the innovative fortifications produced by the Tuscaroras,
chronicles the colony’s new practice of enslaving all captives and selling them
out of country, and shows how both sides drew support from forces far outside
the colony’s borders. La Vere concludes that this merciless war began a new
direction in the development of the future state of North Carolina.
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