• The Tuscarora War

  • Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies
  • By: David La Vere
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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By: David La Vere
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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At dawn on September 22, 1711, more than five hundred Tuscarora, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Weetock, Machapunga, and Bear River Indian warriors swept down on the unsuspecting European settlers living along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina. During the following days, they destroyed hundreds of farms, killed at least 140 men, women, and children, and took about 40 captives. So began the Tuscarora War, North Carolina's bloodiest colonial war and surely one of its most brutal.

In his gripping account, David La Vere examines the war through the lens of key players in the conflict, reveals the events that led to it, and traces its far-reaching consequences.

La Vere details the innovative fortifications produced by the Tuscaroras, chronicles the colony's new practice of enslaving all captives and selling them out of country, and shows how both sides drew support from forces far outside the colony's borders. La Vere concludes that this merciless war began a new direction in the development of the future state of North Carolina.

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neither a racist author nor a tale of genocide

Pardon me, but I saw a review of this book as written bt a racist. Alas, that reviewer is the kind of politically correct writer who ignores what is written and calls any book that does not toe his line as racist and provoking genocide. La Vere does not judge the characters by 21st standards, but by the standards of the time. The story of the Tuscarora War is told mainly through sketches of eight characters: three Indian and five white. La Vere labels most of the whites as "scoundrels" at one point or another, but none are purely evil as they are living by the values of the period. (And many of those values should be condemned if any person lived by them in the 21st century.) None of the Indians are saints, but they are more acted on than being the initiators of action.
I had not realized how prevalent the taking of Indian slaves was in the Carolinas, and how little people, Indians as well as whites, regarded 'outsiders' as worthy of human respect. La Vere does an excellent job of describing how the white leaders were more interested in wealth and prestige than those leaders showed in other humans - white as well as Indian. I found it hard to like or respect any of the white leaders in this telling. The Indian leaders seemed to be more manipulated by their circumstances, but some of the reactions are about as despicable as any of their foes.
But the point of reading a history like this is to understand why people acted as they did. Any judgment of their character should be viewed by the values of their time, not our time. But most of the white leaders portrayed here allow their vicdes to ouyweigh their virtues.
I knew next to nothing about North Carolina in this period, and I can't imagine a better book about this period and its values.

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Racist author who thinks genocide is "great"

Not very good, wanders through many story lines and fails to tie them together. Also, the author refers to some military actions against Indian tribes as "great" and worthy of great men like "sherman" who openly committed genocide in an effort to exterminate an entire ethnicity. That wasn't great, nor was the open slaughter of women and children, yet this author praises those tactics. This author really needs to write less and read more. Very disappointed, one star, will not read anything more by this genocide glorifying idiot.

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Well Done and very informative

I found this book very educational and informative and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in North Carolina!’s early history !

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Captivating

The author balanced and illustrated complex, multifaceted characters and subjects with insight and skill. The narration was smooth, fluid, and really engaging. I have a lot of colonial North Carolina ancestors and I'm also distantly related to DeGraffenreid, so it was very interesting for me to understand the circumstances and many factors in play during this time. Thanks! Really well done.

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NC Native American History... Who knew??

Being a NC-linain, never heard of this part of the states history. Amazing history of the state.

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Insightful Telling of History

This is a beautiful & insightful telling of history of America under English Dominance holding Native American & Negro slaves alike, all of the violence, and so forth.

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Excellent history

This is an excellent historical account of the clash between the Tuscarora Indians and early European settlers. Very balanced an informative.

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A great story that not many know.

The narrator was good, and the way the history is present is great. I would suggest to any lovers of Colonial or American Indian history. I will be honest I never knew of such a conflict and it is something we should all learn about.

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good narrator, much detail

one of the best narrators I've heard yet. story was great! apparently need four more words for review!