The Kofitachiki ethnic trail spans from Lake Erie to Cartagena, Colombia. The modern Catawba tribe in the Carolinas originated as a cluster of polyglot villages under the domination of an Itza-Muskogean elite. The home territory of this Itza-Muskogean elite was the area between Atlanta and Gainesville, GA – not South Carolina. The Katvpa composed one of the principal provinces of the old Mountain Apalache kingdom. In 16th century South Carolina it was merely one town.
Look on the pre-Revolutionary War 18th century maps, if you don’t believe me about the Georgia Katapa. The etymology of Catawba is still valid, but after reading the texts of 17th century French ethnologist, Charles de Rochefort this past summer, I am not sure who in the heck the Kofitachiki were! The town name may mean, “Offspring of mixed-heritage people” and the town’s residents may have been Caribs!Read More