Removal Begins: Departure for Chickasaw Bluffs

Richard Green, Author & Former Chickasaw Nation Historian

Richard Green, author & former Chickasaw Nation Historian, describes the four-district, four-captain structure in place as the first group of 4,600 Chickasaws departed their homeland with all of their livestock, even though they were pressured to travel with less cargo.


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