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Louisiana and the Gulf South Frontier, 1500-1821 F Todd Smith

Louisiana and the Gulf South Frontier, 1500-1821

F Todd Smith

Published November 17th 2014
ISBN : 9780807157138
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296 pages
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Bound together by social, demographic, and economic commonalities, the territory extending from East Texas to West Florida occupies a unique space in early American history. A masterful synthesis of two decades of scholarly work, F. Todd SmithsMoreBound together by social, demographic, and economic commonalities, the territory extending from East Texas to West Florida occupies a unique space in early American history. A masterful synthesis of two decades of scholarly work, F. Todd Smiths Louisiana and the Gulf South Frontier, 1500-1821 examines the regions history from the eve of European colonization to the final imposition of American hegemony.The agricultural richness of the Gulf Coast gave rise to an extraordinarily diverse society: development of food crops rendered local indigenous groups wealthier and more powerful than their counterparts in New England and the West, and white demand for plantation slave labor produced a disproportionately large black population compared to other parts of the country. European settlers were a heterogeneous mix as well, creating a multinational blend of cultures and religions that did not exist on the largely Anglo-Protestant Atlantic Coast.Because of this diversity, which allowed no single group to gain primacy over the rest, Smiths study characterizes the Gulf South as a frontier from the sixteenth century to the early years of the nineteenth. Only in the twenty years following the Louisiana Purchase did Americans manage to remove most of the Indian tribes, overwhelm Louisianas French Creoles numerically and politically, and impose a racial system in accordance with the rest of the Deep South.Moving fluently across the boundaries of colonial possessions and state lines, Louisiana and the Gulf South Frontier, 1500-1821 is a comprehensive and highly readable overview of the Gulf Coasts distinctive and enthralling history.