In the early nineteenth century, the frontier people of the Alabama Valley saw a large amount of tension with the Creek Indian people. This tension grew out of an internal strife within the Creek Nation between traditionalist Creeks and those Creeks who began adopting American culture. The tension eventually became too strong and brought war to the people in the Alabama Valley in 1813, known as the Creek Indian War. William Weatherford was one of the most prominent figures in the Alabama Valley during the early nineteenth century. He was the son of a wealthy American trader and an important Creek Indian princess. When war broke out in the summer of 1813, Weatherford had chosen to fight on the side of the Creek Indians and to oppose the forces of the United States, despite his ties to the American people. Through an analysis of Weatherford’s actions during the war and how he fought in the war, I have attempted to answer what Weatherford’s reasoning was to fight for the Creeks. Knowledge of how Weatherford viewed the situation developing around him also helps us understand what the mindset was for many other mixed blood American Indians in his situation.
|Keywords:||History, Creek Indian War, Alabama, Weatherford|
Student, Undergraduate, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
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