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Author: Richard Thornton

Map Supplement: The Battles of Itsate Pass

GPS Coordinates Location of Rabun Gap – 34°55’56.7″N 83°23’18.5″W Probable Location of Second Battle (June 1761) – 34°56’53.8″N 83°23’09.5″W Location of Itsate Gap (First Battle ~ June 1760) – 34°56’53.8″N 83°23’09.5″W Location of Cherokee village of Echoee (Otto Mound) – 35°02’36.5″N 83°22’55.9″W            ...

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The two Battles of Echete Pass . . . forgotten, but dramatic events during the French and Indian War

  PART ONE Until the early 21st century, there was a North Carolina historical marker just north of the Georgia-North Carolina line on US Hwy. 441, which was entitled “Battle of Echete or Itsate Pass.”   Then Cherokee leaders realized that Echete (Hitchiti) and Itsate were Creek words and that Itsate Gap was in Georgia.  If there was a prominent geographical feature with a Creek name in the region, the Cherokees couldn’t have possibly lived there for 12,000 years. North Carolina DOT crew removed the sign. Several North Carolina academicians received grants from the Eastern Band of Cherokees to re-write...

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Rabun County, GA Mound, lost for 132 years, found with ERSI imagery

  The high resolution satellite imagery, now being furnished ERSI GIS users, is an amazingly powerful tool for discovering lost cities and mounds.  When there is thick tree cover, such as typical of southern Mesoamerica and much of the Southeastern United States, infrared spectrum satellite imagery can be equally as effective. In this particular situation,  after studying the Dillard Mound, Smithsonian Institute archaeologist Cyrus Thomas noted earthworks that he vaguely described being north of the Dillard Mound.  Several generations of archaeologists were unable to find these earthworks.  It took less than five minutes for me to find them on...

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The Uchee People were the first settlers in the Blue Ridge Mountains

  Dear Mr. Thornton, Thank you for writing about beautiful Rabun County, GA.  I grew up there and attended the famous Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School. Would you believe that I was one of the students, who created the Foxfire Tales?   It was the happiest time of my life. My mother has become a big fan of yours and asked me to write you.  She’s 82 now, but still remembers the summer of 1957, when she and her boyfriend worked on the Tugaloo Island mounds with Dr. Caldwell. She says that you are absolutely right.  The Creeks occupied Tugaloo...

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Why celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day? Thoughts by Ghost Dancer

  Written by Ghost Dancer . . . a Creek Elder in Alabama I would like to remind everyone that today, once again, America celebrates and honors the very first and traditional slaver to come to America. Recently, so much has been said about all the atrocities of our country’s past and the statutes commemorating leaders in American history who contributed to them and what they represent. We must reconcile ourselves and learn from the wrongs of the past. But here is a man who was far worse than any of these and he is not even a legitimate...

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Medieval Irish on the South Atlantic Coast . . . they were refugees!

  Again, we apologize for the odd spacing and extra ads on POOF articles right now.  They were apparently done by a hacker. Over the past seven years,  Scott Wolter, the former host* of the History Channel’s, “America Unearthed,” has devoted much of his available time to research the history of Christianity up to the late Middle Ages. As the keynote speaker at this weekend’s Ancient Artifact Preservation Society conference at the Island Resort and Convention Center in Michigan,  he presented much of that research to a large audience.  Native America is not the only place, where history has...

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Map of Dillard, Georgia Mounds

  Several readers asked for a map, which would clearly locate the mounds in the Dillard Archaeological Zone.  Probably, several more have been leveled by floods and 200 years of plowing, but those noted on the maps are still visible.   Please remember that all of these mounds are either on private land or land belonging to a church.  You may look at these mounds from a public road right-of-way, but cannot walk on the property without permission of the...

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The famous Cherokee Martyr, Tsali, was actually a citizen of Georgia . . . living in the Dillard Valley!

  Tsali’s persecution by federal troops was far more outrageous than described in a current play. Since 2012, the People of One Fire has been systematically analyzing all of the river basins, coast lines and islands of the Lower Southeastern United States to determine the real history of that region.  All available eyewitness accounts, historical maps and archaeological reports are interpolated to discern the truth from the mythology. For example, research by professors at the University of Oklahoma determined in 2008 that there was no Battle of Taliwa, so Cherokee Nancy Ward couldn’t possibly been the heroine of this...

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Native American heritage is America’s heritage

  The Spiritual Path of Native Americans could also become America’s salvation.   There are a whole bunch of people in the United States, who seem unaware that what they say and do these days is quite insane. Atrocities, such as those in Las Vegas and Orlando, are merely the tip of the societal ice berg. Meanwhile, there are many nations in the world, who dream of destroying the United States.  Russian imperialists want revenge for the breakup of the Soviet Union, by breaking up the our nation and NATO.  Muslim extremists see the United States and NATO as...

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