When the Chickasaws Came to the Tupelo Area

Richard Green

Tribal Historian Richard Green notes that, while we know the Chickasaws settled in the area of today’s Tupelo, Mississippi, archaeologists and historians don’t agree on whether de Soto encountered the Chickasaws there or further south, where they may have lived in 1541. They know de Soto arrived crossing the Tombigbee River in barges, but not how far north that was.

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