Join the Tennessee Historical Society for their Spring Lectureship presentation with Dr. Natalie Inman, professor, Cumberland University.
Interracial relationships in Indian country during the colonial and early Republic eras proved both controversial and indispensable. These relationships provided the foundation for trade, military support, and diplomatic ties that bonded peoples together. Euro-Americans found that they could not remain for long within American Indian communities without agreeing to become part of the kinship system of their hosts through marriage. Indian agent Joseph Martin, as well as his American Indian wives, embraced Cherokee definitions of serial monogamy, rather than European lifelong monogamous marriages, while in Cherokee territory.