"The Kiawah, who met the ships, were among two dozen small Native tribes or clans living on the coastal plain. Others included the Edisto, Etiwan, Kusso, and Sewee, whose settlements, taken together, counted several thousand people. Farther inland lived the Catawba, and down the coast, in the direction of Florida, the Yamasee. The strongest people in the region, the Cherokee, lived farthest from the ocean. Cherokee villages stood in the foothills and mountains, but with their war-making might and constant trade down to Kiawah country, the Cherokee dominated everything in their path."
—Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (NY: Ballantine Books, 1998), 29