Carolina Cradle

Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier, 1747-1762

By Robert W. Ramsey

270 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4189-1
    Published: June 1987
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1679-7
    Published: February 2014

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This account of the settlement of one segment of the North Carolina frontier -- the land between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers -- examines the process by which the piedmont South was populated. Through its ingenious use of hundreds of sources and documents, Robert Ramsey traces the movement of the original settlers and their families from the time they stepped onto American shores to their final settlement in the northwest Carolina territory. He considers the economic, religious, social, and geographical influences that led the settlers to Rowan County and describes how this frontier community was organized and supervised.

About the Author

The late Robert W. Ramsey was professor of history at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
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"Dr. Ramsey, in this admirable . . . book, has shown great pertinacity and ingenuity in tracing the movement of groups into new frontier lands, with the Yadkin as a kind of Jordan. . . . This is a thorough and elegant piece of research."--Times Literary Supplement