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The pressures behind land cessions of this size were demographic, political, economic, and cultural. By 1790, the date of Peter Wood's last set of population figures for the South (Wood 1989: 90), Indian southerners had managed to arrest their long demographic decline and stabilize their numbers at 55,900. 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.
In Peter H. Wood, Gregory A. Waselkov, and M. ), Powhatan's Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 134±50. Bushnell, Amy Turner 1990: The Sacramental Imperative: Catholic Ritual and Indian Sedentism in the Provinces of Florida. ), Columbian Consequences, 3 vols. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2: 475±90. Bushnell, Amy Turner 1994: Situado and Sabana: Spain's Support System for the Presidio and Mission Provinces of Florida. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, no.
SPANISH AND FRENCH EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION 33 The hold of the ``Bienvillists'' on the colony's economy and government only began to lessen when Iberville's younger brother, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the longtime commandant of the garrison and then governor, was finally removed from office (1739). The Marquis de Vauderil, later to be the governor of Canada who surrendered it to the British in 1760, replaced him. Unlike Spanish Florida, La Louisiane rather quickly left its garrison phase behind and developed an economy based on slave labor and a staple export crop, indigo.
A companion to the American South by John B Boles