By John B Boles
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4 percent. Some natural philosophers believed that Native Americans came from a weaker stock than Euro-Americans and would in time become extinct. Settlers raised on stories of wilderness cruelty thought of them as blackhearted savages who withheld the good land that white men needed for farming in order to indulge their idle habit of hunting. State governments objected to the Indian nations' intra-territorial, quasi-sovereign status. The federal government wanted the Indians either to forsake their communal identities and turn into faux white people or take themselves west.
Like Hanger (1997), she uses examples to show that their status under Spanish rule was quite different from the status of blacks in the United States. Anglo-American immigrants into northeast Florida found this status and the Spanish policy of granting refuge to fleeing slaves (to 1790) upsetting, as did Americans in Georgia and South Carolina who feared for the security of their SPANISH AND FRENCH EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION 31 slaveocracy. The existence of black communities associated with Seminole villages also incited Americans, giving them another reason to repeatedly invade Florida.
Gwendelin Midlow Hall (1992) and a CD-ROM of supporting databases (Hall 2000) also looks at the sweep of the colonial period in terms of the development of one segment of the population. Her work, like recent studies of the Acadian (BrasÄo (Canary Islander) (Din 1988) immigrations, is strongest for seaux 1987) and Islen the Spanish period (1765±1803) when the records are extensive. Her argument is that the French West Indies Company imported its slaves from the Senegambian region of West Africa (1719±30), thereby producing a preference that was reinforced when wholesale slave imports resumed during the period (1763±79) when the British had access to the Mississippi under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763).