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Native American tribes of Eufaula, Alabama in 1825

EUFAULA, ALABAMA

Indian Tribes and their Homes -1825

(Transcribed from: History of Eufaula, Alabama: the bluff city of the Chattahoochee By J. A. B. Besson – 1875)

On the west bank of the Chattahoochee River rises a bluff, one hundred and fifty feet above low water mark, and from its summit, looking south, you see the waters flowing towards Apalachicola Bay, where they empty into the Gulf of Mexico, two hundred and five miles distant, and where the city of Apalachicola is situated.


Chattahoochee River covered bridge in Eufaula, Alabama. Built by Horace King in 1838–39 and demolished in 1924.(Alabama Department of Archives and History)

As you look towards the east you behold the river running towards you; (as you are standing on the bank of the stream where it makes a sudden turn from east to south.) Seventy-five miles north of this point is the head of navigation, where is situated the beautiful city of Columbus, Georgia. On the other side of the river is the State of Georgia, the stream forming the boundary between it and the State of Alabama. The country over which your eye wanders is a magnificent savannah of hundreds of acres, stretching far to the east and southeast.

Names of Indian Tribes and their Homes—1825

Here on this bluff dwelt several tribes of Indians. One tribe was known as the “Actahoochees;” one as the “Uchees,” and one as the “Eufaulas,” and from the last named tribe the town took its name. Each tribe spoke a different dialect. These tribes of Indians practiced polygamy and had little or no religion. They had many rogues among them, but their chiefs were honest and honorable men. The name of the principal chief was “Tustenuggee;” there was, also, Paddy Carr, Steadman, and Jim Henry, who were noted men.

Georgia and Alabama map 1828 (www.libs.uga.edu)

Georgia and Alabama map 1828 (www.libs.uga.edu)

The United States Government had defined the boundaries of the Indian territory, and this was known as the Creek Nation. Here the General Government guaranteed them the enjoyment and peaceful possession of their original rights. But they were not thus to be let alone, for the white man came among them and induced them, by fair promises, to allow them to farm the lands. It was not long before these white men began to trespass on the possessions of the Indians, forcing them even, in many instances, to leave some of their clearings; and it was only a short time before a bitter feeling sprang up between them.

The Intruder’s War—1827.

The Indians felt that the white man was an intruder upon them, and by the advice of some few white men, who were in sympathy with the Indians, an appeal was made to the General Government, at Washington, for their protection and redress. Soon, United States troops were sent out; who at once ordered the white people out of the nation, and destroyed their growing crops, and burned a house belonging to a white man named Pugh; this occurred in the month of July 1827, and was known as the “Intruders War.”

The White People Return to the Nation.

The white people did not go far off, but kept out of the way of the troops; and as soon as the treaty was arranged, by which the government allowed the white men to buy claims from the Indians, they all came back, and at once perfected such arrangements as best suited them.

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation:: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 4) Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

 

Some Stories include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

3 comments

  1. Rebecca Martin

    Do you know whatever happened to Weathersford, AL? It’s on the map in your link, about an inch below Montgomery.

  2. Joyce Pierce Fitzgerald

    We took all of the beautiful ,useful, land from the Indian tribes.

  3. I would like to see and read more abo Blount County AL from starting with formation of the county.

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