THE CHEROKEE TERRITORIAL CLAIM CIRCA 1680 – 1850
Around 1700, the Cherokee people were a powerful tribe of Native Americans who were uncontrolled by world powers and politics because of their remote and isolated homeland that lay west of the Appalachian Mountains.
The seaboard colonies of the British Empire were 250 miles eastward on the Atlantic coast. The Cherokee enjoyed vast expanses of wilderness where they hunted, farmed, fished and contended with enemies who threatened their resources or challenged their martial skills.
Their way of life would change dramatically as the small and seemingly benign settlements of English Colonists who brought gifts and English trade commodities to native tribes increased in numbers and encouraged swarms of European immigrants to settle in the Colonies.