The Arduous Journey from Charlestown

Richard Green

At present day Tupelo, the Chickasaws lived far from Charlestown, the British trading center. And because of the north-south configuration of rivers, it was necessary to go overland and cross (often wide) streams – all without horses. Tribal historian Richard Green also observes how the water table today is much lower than it was at the time, and Chickasaw villages were then all but surrounded by swamps.

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