The Difference Between Chiefdoms and Tribes

Richard Green

Tribal historian Richard Green notes that tribes, which replaced chiefdoms, were ruled by consent rather than a divine leader. As de Soto progressed through Georgia and Alabama, he encountered Creeks or the precursor of Creeks – and arrived in Chickasaw territory in late 1540. Interestingly, there are at least four versions of de Soto’s journey.


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