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Author: Richard Thornton

Spanish Speaking Jewish Colonists in the Nacoochee Valley . . . 1694

Factual history that you will only read in a South Carolina State History textbook Well, actually, you will also read in The Forgotten History of North Georgia and The Nacoochee Valley . . . Ancient Crossroads of the Americas, but certainly not in Wikipedia.  Southeastern academicians seem determined to keep the presence of 16th and 17th century Sephardic colonists in the Appalachians a closely guarded secret.   There is a brief mention in Wikipedia, which states, “There are vague and unsubstantiated claims from unreliable sources that there were some Spanish-speaking colonists in the Southern Appalachians during the 1600s.  Archaeologists have...

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Occupation of Etowah Mounds site actually dates to at least 1000 BC

  The original location of the town was on the south side of the Etowah River, but the river channel shifted during a massive flood around 1200 AD. Etowah Mound A originally was on the northern tip of a horseshoe bend.  Next time that you are at Etowah Mounds take a close look at the terrain.  There is an old river channel that makes arc through the entire site, just north of Mound A. Over and over again, the People of One Fire has published the amazing discoveries of archaeologists Arthur Kelly,  Robert Wauchope, Joseph Caldwell and Lewis Larsen...

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Architect’s cabin provides convenient indoor-outdoor living

  As you can see in the featured photo,  the Three Canine Musketeers are still freaked out from the four hour storm last night.  They have not eaten a drop of food and are still trying to figure out why it rained inside their clubhouse.   The scenic mountain cabin near Amicalola Falls, which became the setting three blockbuster TV documentaries on the Southeast’s ancient history is now making architectural history.  It now has a removable sun roof that brings the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain outdoors . . . indoors.   One of the most innovative features that the architect...

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The night from hell

Hey Friends! It was the worse storm I have ever been in . . .  and I have been inside two tornadoes  (August 1971 and April 2009) I don’t have a roof now.  The rafters are are still there but the plywood sheaving, insulation and roof are gone.  A lot of trees came down at the same time, so I guess it was a small tornado. It is pitch dark right now, so I will have to wait until morning to see how bad the damage is.   Having no roof is bad enough. I might be out of contact...

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Do archaeologists own the artifacts obtained from your property?

  Over the past few years, the People of One Fire has received numerous complaints from  families throughout the Southeast that archaeologists, universities and state agencies excavated artifacts from their property or “borrowed”  artifact collections from their owners then refused to return them . . . claiming that federal or state laws made the artifacts the property of new owner. However, these are not the only situations, where owners of Native American artifacts complained that their personal property had been illegally taken from them.    The owner of the Kenimer Mound in the Nacoochee Valley of Georgia said that...

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The Saga of Mahala Bone . . . her people in the Southeast and Oklahoma

  Mahala Bone’s descendants include the famous Oklahoma Uchee hero,  Tiger Bone. Georgia descendants of Mahala Bone were listed on the 1937 Creek Docket and received federal reparations. Some descendants of Mahala Bone are now citizens of the Muscogee-Creek, Seminole or Choctaw Nations in Oklahoma. They were the descendants of the first great “Creek town” located where Savannah is today.  Their first emperor was buried in a mound of Irene Island.  After a terrible smallpox epidemic, followed by the appearance of malaria as far north as Ebenezer,  the surviving Creeks and Uchees had moved northward to Barnardstown on the...

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Lower Chattahoochee Creek, Apalachicola and Apalachee families eligible for federal recognition

  Did your Creek, Apalachicola or Apalachee family live continuously on the Lower Chattahoochee River until relocated by the US Army Corps of Engineers to build Lake Walter F. George, Lake Eufaula or Lake Seminole?   Perhaps your family is still living there? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, then your heritage is specifically mentioned in numerous documents produced by the US Army Corps of Engineers and local historians as being “Creek Indians,” who have lived in the region continuously.  In fact, there were specific communities of Creek Indians identified by the federal government, who were...

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The Secret History of Gone With the Wind . . . Episode Two

Act Four ~ Part One After being selected by electors from ten states in 1789,  President George Washington established that one of his primary objectives was to bring peace to the Southern Frontier.  He appointed North Carolinian, Benjamin Hawkins, as Chief Agent for the United States to the Southern Indian Tribes.   Hawkins had instructions to bring about peace without more warfare.  He set up the Southeastern Regional Offices of the Federal government in what was to become Macon, Georgia. The so-called Five Civilized Tribes in the Southeast were too numerous in number and too proficient in warfare to be...

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Coweta Creek Confederacy incorporated in Georgia

  On the 300th anniversary of the founding of the modern Creek Confederacy, the Coweta Creek Confederacy, Inc. has been incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia as a non-profit cultural and economic development entity. This Native American organization will function as an institutional umbrella for tribal towns and ceremonial grounds located throughout the state or region.  It is recognized that the Creek Confederacy covered what was then a vast territory and included many ethnic groups, aka  ETULA ~ ETALWA or Tribal Towns.  For a modern Native American tribal town to function efficiently, it is mandatory that...

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The secret history of Gone With the Wind

The people, who inspired Gone With The Wind’s characters, and how the plot of this novel was hatched at the former log home of a great Cherokee leader ~ A spectacular internet extravaganza by Mixed Heritage Trash Productions, Inc. History is indeed stranger than fiction.  Had the Natchez not been catastrophically defeated by the French then taken refuge among the Creeks and Cherokees . . . Had the Chickamauga Cherokees not gotten their you know what’s whipped on a hill overlooking the future location of Downtown Rome, Georgia  . . .  the husband of the woman, who would become...

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