Battle of Ackia: The French Plan to Crush the Chickasaws

Brad Lieb

The Chickasaws had become a thorn in the side of the French, who often found their boats of supplies and goods for trading attacked and pillaged by the Chickasaws on their way down the Mississippi River. While the Chickasaws claimed justification for the acts, the French put a bounty out on tribal members, offering gunpowder and lead balls for a Chickasaw's scalp.

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