When the Chickasaw tribe migrated from west to east, they stopped in present-day Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
After claiming this area as their own, the Chickasaws began to flourish. In time, European settlers, namely the French, along with the Choctaws, began to threaten their homelands. However, the Chickasaws were very familiar with the area, and this proved strategic in battle. Though a small tribe, the Chickasaws were known as fierce warriors and to this day still consider themselves as "unconquered and unconquerable."
The homeland location was a hub for transportation and trade among the Chickasaws and other tribes. This helped the tribe flourish until the end of the American Revolutionary War.
After the war, the U.S. began seeking westward expansion. This led to a series of land cessions for the Chickasaws. After the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek, the Chickasaws moved west of the Mississippi to lands known today as Oklahoma. But the tribe still preserves its historical connection with its historic homeland.