The French Attacked a Chickasaw Peace Village

LaDonna Brown

Archaeologist LaDonna Brown describes the infamous 1736 Battle of Hikea (Ackia) in which the French attacked a Chickasaw peace village occupied by elderly men, women and children. The women defending their village – who had been joined by women from neighboring peace villages – succeeded in killing 88 French soldiers. When reflecting on her own mother and her aunts, LaDonna realizes they would make similarly effective warriors.

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