For seven years traders had been taking advantage of American Indians on the frontier of South Carolina. In spite of attempts by the chiefs, who petitioned the South Carolina authorities for relief the traders indiscretions continued unabated. Finally, a trader took the son a chief to Charles Town and sold him as a slave. Yemassee warriors, along with a coalition of other tribes, mostly of the Creek Nation, attacked the settlers along a wide front. For a while it appeared as though South Carolina might fall entirely under Indian control, however, Governor Craven organized a defense that eventually held and turned back the Yamassee.