Yamassee War 1715
The "Yamassee War of 1715"
Most of the European’s over-simplified explanations for the war are true ,but do not out-line the heart nor core of the start of the war, especially detailed accounts of the causes and effects. Personal perspectives and narratives tell a unique experience with the Yamassee Indian Tribe of South Carolina. The Yamassee encountered various settlers over the centuries via our different bands or clans whom all called or considered themselves Yamassee ie. Guale, Hitchiti, Iguaja etc.....
The Yamassee were very hard working Gentle people and attempted and succeeded in sharing our knowledge of life, farming and strategies for battle with our New visitors and neighbors.
Our gentle nature and fierce battle techniques made us formidable allies (and) enemies to those we encountered. Untold stories reveal that the war that became known as the "Yamassee War of 1715" left the Carolina's with history's most bloodiest war, compared to King Phillips. With well over 400 Carolina citizens dead from a basic account and the many more soon to be killed , our Tribe went on a War path with well over 15,000 Yamassee Indians and support from other Indians in the Region. The Yamassee War Almost destroyed the European colonization.
The results of the Yamassee War, is the main reason behind the creation of many other tribes like the Seminole etc...
Reference names like the Tuscarora, Apalachee, Guale, Catawba, Seminole as those who fought against the settlers with us, will reveal the Yamassee apart of all of their historic timelines!
Unfair trade practices, and Land Encroachments violating a South Carolina Law forced us to war. We saw no other options as the White mans people would not even follow their own laws , set by the General Assembly, their highest form of Government at that time!
(See Yamassee Map)
Giving different names to bands of the Yamassee Confederacy was an attempt of the settlers to divide and conquer us, for we never gave ourselves the names the settlers used to describe us. Convinced of the advantage of being able to identify each tribe location by regions and names gives the illusion to most, that the Yamassee Confederacy was a Separate Nation by Town names and surely defeated.
Yamassee Indians are the: Altamaha, Pocotaligo, Salkehatchie, Hitchiti (now known as Mikisuki) , Oconee, Cusabo, Guale, Yuchi, Tomatly, Jamassi, Americario, Okeete, Chechesee, Tama & more...
How did the Yamassee Seem to Virtually Disappear from History books and be considered extinct?
By one event, which was a created Law that affected all Indians in this state (South Carolina) and adopted by many states afterward by its success, and lastly a known historical fact!
The Event was called the South Carolina Slave code, forcing All that was not European into slavery, unless proven you were freed by virture of documentation. This documentation was almost impossible to achieve as you had to know how to read, and reading was illegal to Non-Whites, punishable by 100lbs. But the other factor was Slave catchers whom would literally capture Indians of dark skin or anyone claiming Indian, and force them into slavery , but change their ethnicity from "Indian" to now being called a word coined "Negro" "Mulatto" and other titles ,but real Africans were called exactly that "Africian". Lets make note: All indians whom you called red men, were Literally Dark skinned or copper toned, so All were identified as "negro" No execptions were made. How did that affect the Yamassee, more than any other group of Indians is simple. We had the largest group of tribal people and factually were described as "Black" or "Afrcian American" we were considered darker than the Creeks a new word coined by Europeans to describe Yamassee bands or clans found on river banks or creeks. See our description in congressional records below: Proper Historical Research would allow a self appointed native researcher , to know that the Yamassee were looked no differently than any other Indian, once the Slave Codes were inacted. There are those of us that still ook "Black" and those of us that look "White" but we know our blood to be be proven Yamassee.
Click link : Congressional described as Negro Indians