The Chickasaws: Knowing of de Soto's Brutality and Demands

Richard Green

The Chickasaws had heard of de Soto’s brutality on the “Indian grapevine” and retreated to their villages. They had heard he had massacred other Indians and knew he would demand fresh supplies and women.


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