The Lasting Historical Impact of the Chickasaws

Discover How the World Came to Our Door

The Chickasaws’ strong position on the Mississippi River blocked the path of French colonization, suddenly putting the Chickasaws at the center of a global contest for land and making a steady supply of guns and ammunition critical for survival. To secure that supply, the Chickasaws aligned with Britain and traded deerskins for weapons, in turn making France and French-allied tribes their enemies. Chickasaw history became world history because the world came to our door.