Key Treaties Defining the Boundaries Separating English and Native American Territories

1632 peace agreement
- ended the Second Anglo-Powhatan War
- no documentation of the agreement survives, but Opechancanough did not resist when the colonists built a wall across the Peninsula in 1634
- wall made clear that old towns south of the York River such as Kiskiak were permanently converted to English use, and excluded Native Americans from the traditional hunting/gathering areas east of Middle Plantation (now Williamsburg)

a 1634 palisade between Queen and College creeks (red line) isolated the eastern half of the Peninsula, but the Treaty of 1646 required Native Americans to wear a badge or striped coat anywhere between the James/York rivers east of the Fall Line (blue line)
a 1634 palisade between Queen and College creeks (red line) isolated the eastern half of the Peninsula, but the Treaty of 1646 required Native Americans to wear a badge or striped coat anywhere between the James/York rivers east of the Fall Line (blue line)
Map Source: ESRI, ArcGIS Online

Treaty of 1646
- ended Third Anglo-Powhatan War (1644-46), which was launched by suprise attacks against the English on April 18, 1644
- signed in October, 1646 by Gov. William Berkeley and Necotowance (who replaced Opechancanough, after he was murdered soon after being captured and jailed in Jamestown)
- restricted all Native Americans to the north side of the York River, forcing the Pamunkey and other tribes to abandon their long occupation of the Peninsula between the James and York rivers
- prohibited Englishman from being in Indian territory except with permission from Chief Necotowance or the Governor and declared English would notify Necotowance before settling north of York River on land downstream from Poropotanke (current boundary between Gloucester County and King and Queen County)
- required Native Americans to obtain permission and wear a badge or a striped coat when traveling on the Peninsula, whenever such travel was authorized by the English
- required annual gift to English of 20 beaver skins as tribute, acknowledging authority of English rulers and creating status as "tributary" tribes who were to receive some protection against hostile tribes such as the Susquehannocks or Seneca
- According to author L. Scott Philyaw:1
The Treaty of 1646, which ended hostilities, contained three essential provisions that formed the basis of Berkeley's Indian policy throughout his governorship.
First, Indian signatories acknowledged that they held their lands "from the King’s Majestie of England" while the royal governor "appointed or confirmed" native leaders.
Second, Indians and colonists were separated by specific geographic boundaries. A system of badges, special coats, and specified meeting places attempted to prevent any chance contacts between natives and newcomers.
Third, the English established a series of forts as a defensive perimeter around Virginia’s plantation district. The peace treaty also established two classes of Native Americans. The so-called friendly, or "tributary," Indians, acknowledged England's right to their lands in return for protection by the English. In return the English expected "their" friendly Indians to assist in defending the colony against "foreign," or "strange," Indians.

the 1646 treaty included a loophole to allow colonial settlement north of the York River, downstream from Poropotanke River (which today defines a portion of the boundary between Gloucester County and King and Queen County
the 1646 treaty included a loophole to allow colonial settlement north of the York River, downstream from Poropotanke River (which today defines a portion of the boundary between Gloucester County and King and Queen County
Map Source: ESRI, ArcGIS Online

1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation
- signed by Cockacoeske ("Queen of Pamunkey") after conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion, and theoretically included Chickahominy and Rappahannock tribes under her authority
- established a reservation in King William County (because the now-separate Mattaponi and Pamunkey reservations were established a century before the United States was created, the legal basis for those reservations is based on Virginia state law rather than Federal law.)
- confirmed Native American would not have to pay quit rents on their lands, but required annual symbolic payment of three arrows to the colonial governor in addition to the 20 beaver skins as required in 1646 (a ceremonial gift of deer and/or turkeys is presented to the Virginia governor every year around Thanksgiving, to honor this treaty)
- banned enslavement of Native Americans who belonged to groups that were friendly with the English
- declared Native Americans would be "Secured and Defended in their Persons, Goods and Properties, against all hurts and injuries of the English" and anyone committing a crime would be punished acording to "the Laws of England or this Countrey," suggesting an equal protection of civil rights for both Native Americans and colonists " which is but just and reasonable, they owning themselves to be under the Allegiance of His most Sacred Majesty"
- required colonists to avoid settling near Native American towns:2
"Whereas by the mutaull discontents, Complaints, jealousies, and feares of English and Indians occasioned by the violent intrusions of divers English into their lands, forceing the Indians by way of Revenge, to kill the Cattle & hoggs of the English, whereby offence, and injuries being given, and done on boeth sides, the peace of this his Majesties Colony hath bin much disturbed, and the late unhappy Rebellion by this means in a great measure begunne & fomented which hath involved this Country into soe much Ruine, & misery, for prevention of which injuries and evill consequences as much as possible we may for time to come it is hereby concluded and enacted that noe English, shall seate or plant nearer then three miles of any Indian towne, and whosoever hath made or shall make any encroachment upon their Lands shall be removed from thence...

1679 Albany Conference
- established the "Covenant Chain" linking English and Iroquois
- permitted Iroquois to hunt and travel trough Manahoac lands, blocked Algonquian tribes in Tidewater from Piedmont

1684 Albany treaty signed by Lord Howard
- blocked English settlement in Iroquois-controlled Piedmont, restricting Northern Virginia occupation to Tidewater area

in 1690, the Nottoway tribe brought their annual tribute payment to the governor of Virginia in Jamestown
in 1690, the Nottoway tribe brought their annual tribute payment to the governor of Virginia in Jamestown
Map Source: National Park Service, Jamestown in the Winter of 1690 (painting by Keith Rocco)

1722 Treaty of Albany
- Governor Spottswood of Virginia and governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York agreed to cooperate in treaty negotiations, despite competition for trade with different tribes
- treaty renewed the Covenant Chain linking English and Iroquois, while limiting the influence of the French
- Spottswood obtained Virginia's primary objective when Iroquois agreed to stay to west of the Blue Ridge and not cross into Piedmont south of the Potomac River, confirming previous deals in formal treaty:3
- You did last year likewise charge & command us not to go a fighting towards Virginia, not to pass over the great River of Patawmack, nor the Ridge of High Mountains that surround Virginia
- prohibited the Iroquois and their subordinate tribes from returning to any previous settlements east of Blue Ridge, such as the fort that remnants of Piscataway (Conoy) tribe had occupied on what is now called Heater's Island at Point of Rocks (downstream from the bridge where Route 15 crosses the Potomac River)4
- last treaty in which the remnants of the Powhatan tribes participated5

the Piscataways that lived on Conoy (now Heater's) Island from 1699 until perhaps 1718 could not return even if they had wanted to, after the 1722 Treaty of Albany blocked the Iroquois and subordinate tribes from living east of the Blue Ridge
the Piscataways that had lived on Conoy (now Heater's) Island from 1699 until perhaps 1718 could not return even if they had wanted to, after the 1722 Treaty of Albany blocked the Iroquois and subordinate tribes from living east of the Blue Ridge
Map Source: ESRI, ArcGIS Online

1744 Treaty of Lancaster6
- Iroquois sold Virginia their claims of lands "to the setting sun," pushing them out of Shenandoah Valley to Ohio River, west of the Alleghenies
- In the negotiations for the Treaty of Lancaster, the Iroquois described how the 1722 Treaty of Albany had failed to eliminate conflict with the colonists:
You may remember, that about twenty years ago you had a treaty with us at Albany, when you took a belt of wampum, and made a fence with it on the Middle of the Hill [i.e., Blue Ridge], and told us, that if any of the warriors of the Six Nations came on your side of the Middle of the Hill, you would hang them; and you gave us liberty to do the same with any of your people who should be found on our side of the Middle of the Hill. This is the Hill we mean, and we desire that treaty may be now confirmed.
After we left Albany, we brought our road a great deal more to the west, that we might comply with your proposal; but, tho' it was of your own making, your people never observed it, but came and lived on our side of the Hill, which we don't blame you for, as you live at a great distance, near the seas, and cannot be thought to know what your people do in the back-parts: And on their settling, contrary to your own proposal, on our new road, it fell out that our warriors did some hurt to your people's cattle, of which a complaint was made, and transmitted to us by our Brother Onas; and we, at his request, altered the road again, and brought it to the foot of the Great Mountain, where it now is; and it is impossible for us to remove it any further to the west, those parts of the country being absolutely impassable by either man or beast.
We had not been long in the use of this new road before your people came, like flocks of birds, and sat down on both sides of it...
- authorized Iroquois to use the "Great Road" through Shenandoah Valley in order to reach Yadkin River in western North Carolina, though the English had hoped to arrange peace between Southern Indians (Catawbas) and eliminate the desire of Iroquois to travel south of the Potomac River:
...if you desire a Road, we will agree to one on the Terms of the Treaty you made with Colonel Spotswood, and your People, behaving themselves orderly like Friends and Brethren, shall be used in their Passage through Virginia with the fame Kindness as they are when they pass through the Lands of your Brother Onas [i.e., Pennsylvania].

in 1744, the Treaty of Lancaster authorized the Iroquois to travel through the Shenandoah Valley to reach the Yadkin river, crossing the Blue Ridge at the Roanoke River water gap
in 1744, the Treaty of Lancaster authorized the Iroquois to travel through the Shenandoah Valley to reach the Yadkin river, crossing the Blue Ridge at the Roanoke River water gap
Source: Library of Congress, A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole province of Maryland with part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina (by Joshua Fry/Peter Jefferson, 1751)

1752 Treaty of Logstown
- in 1748, Virginia and Pennnsylvania distribute gifts to Ohio River tribes at Logstown (part of competition with French traders)
- limited Delaware and Shawnee claims south of the Ohio River

1754 Albany Congress
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1758 Treaty of Easton
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1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix
- Iroquois abandoned claims to land east and south of Ohio River
- English affirmed Iroquois claims to western New York
- Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo did not sign Treaty of Fort Stanwix
- Shawnee forced to comply with it after 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant

1768 Treaty of Hard Labor
- Cherokees cede title to the lands between the Kentucky and Kanawha rivers

1770 Treaty of Lochaber
- Donelson's Indian Line surveyed to mark boundary established in treaty

1774 Treaty of Camp Charlotte
- negotiated after colonists defeated Shawnee in Lord Dunmore's War
- Shawnee abandoned claims to land south of Ohio River
- Iroquoian band of Mingos

treaties in 1768 and 1770 expanded the territory controlled by Virginia, while reducing the extent of the Cherokee Hunting Grounds
treaties in 1768 and 1770 expanded the territory controlled by Virginia, while reducing the extent of the Cherokee Hunting Grounds
Source: ESRI, ArcGIS Online

1775 Treaty of Sycamore Shoals
- limited Cherokee claims in far Southwestern Virginia

1777 Treaty of Long Island
- limited Cherokee claims in far Southwestern Virginia

Location of Logstown (on French translation of New map of the western part of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina, 1778, by Thomas Hutchins
Location of Logstown (on French translation of Thomas Hutchins' "New map of the western part of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina," 1778)
Source: Library of Congress, Partie occidentale de la Virginie, Pensylvanie, Maryland, et Caroline Septle. la rivière d'Ohio, et toutes celles qui s'y jettent,
partie de la Rivière Mississippi, tout le cours de la rivière de Illinois, le Lac Erie, partie des Lacs Huron et Michigan &. toutes les contrées qui bordent ces lacs et rivières, par Hutchins, capitaine anglais

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References

1. L. Scott Philyaw, Virginia’s Western Visions: Political and Cultural Expansion on an Early American Frontier, University of Tennessee Press, 2004, p.4
2. "Articles of Peace (1677)," Encyclopedia Virginia, http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Articles_of_Peace_1677,/a> (last checked April 23, 2015)
3. "Conference between Governor Burnet and the Indian," part of The Great Treaty of 1722 Between the Five Nations, the Mahicans, and the Colonies of New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, C. J. Kappler, Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, vol. 2: Treaties, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1904, p.659, http://earlytreaties.unl.edu/treaty.00001.html (last checked May 1, 2015)
4. "18FR72 Heater’s Island 1699 - c. 1712," Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/small%20finds/Site%20Summaries/18FR72HeatersIsland.htm (last checked May 1, 2015)
5. Helen C. Rountree (ed), Powhatan Foreign Relations, 1500-1722, University Press of Virginia, 1993, p. 195-196
6. Early Recognized Treaties With American Indian Nations, "A TREATY, Held at the Town of Lancaster, in PENNSYLVANIA, By the HONOURABLE the Lieutenant-Governor of the PROVINCE, And the HONOURABLE the Commissioners for the PROVINCES OF VIRGINIA and MARYLAND, WITH THE INDIANS OF THE SIX NATIONS, In JUNE, 1744," http://earlytreaties.unl.edu/treaty.00003.html (last checked April 17, 2013)


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