Nathaniel Millett is an associate professor of history at Saint Louis University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from Cambridge University. He is the author of The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World, which won four prizes. Thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship in London and a Weatherhead Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, he has made major progress on a book that considers the role that indigenous people played in the Anglo-Caribbean between the sixteenth century and middle of the nineteenth century.
Southeastern Indians and Nineteenth-Century Missouri
This presentation will provide an overview of connections between native people of the Southeast (Seminoles, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Cherokees) and Missouri. Most of the talk will focus on the nineteenth century and Trail of Tears in particular. However, the program will also provide background information about southeastern native culture, Missouri’s native history, and early connections between the Southeast and Missouri. The presentation will briefly touch on the experience of southeastern natives after they traveled through Missouri. The presentation will focus on the experiences of individuals and small groups in an attempt to richly invoke what life was like for nineteenth-century natives as they were forcefully exiled from their ancestral homelands.