Similar to the Iroquois, the Cherokee were a democratic people. In 1730, less than 50,000 Cherokee remained, and the English at Charleston tried making one of them an “emperor.” Some young braves visited King George II in England, and supposedly gave fealty to the King, but those boys did not run the Cherokee people, although one of them subsequently became prominent. In 1738, a slave ship to Charleston brought smallpox and killed off at least a quarter of the remaining Cherokee while also sweeping through other local tribes, such as the Catawba. By 1730, the Cherokee were as low as ten percent of their numbers of two centuries earlier, and another large fraction was taken away in one swoop in 1738. Another devastating plague swept through in 1753, bringing the Cherokee population to perhaps 25,000 (estimates vary, going as low as 10,000 in 1780), where it would largely remain until they were forcibly removed during the 19th century.


Satisfied customers are saying