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Old 04-06-2013, 10:20 PM   #18
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Having lived in and traveled through a good part of the southern Appalachians has giving me a better understanding regarding the people who inhabit this region.

Before colonial land surveyors began staking royal claims, European hunters, trappers, traders and people escaping imprisonment, indentured servitude along with African American runaway slaves, were either living, or spending a great deal of time in the Appalachians.

Of course there were already other people inhabiting these rolling highlands. No doubt people such as the Saponi, Tutelo, Yuchi, Catawba, Minqua, Cherokee and Shawnee had better relations with relatively small numbers of these newcomers than the hordes of settlers, colonial militias and royal armies that came later. Most of the earliest English, Dutch and Germans moving into the Appalachians would not live with these native people, but the French, Irish and Scots would readily marry into native tribes. Perhaps the Gaelic Irish and Scots could better identify with tribal cultures. Many runaway indentured servants and African American slaves were adopted into these native tribes, some gaining a high standing. All in all some white people found life better among the Indians than the poverty or servitude they had known in the colonies The way I understand it, some of these Appalachian Melungeon communities are rather old, the result of small tribal bands living deep in the mountains becoming a mixed people in time. Iíve known and talked to a few of these Melungeons and found them to be a rather sturdy and resourceful people.
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