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The Cherokee-Caribbean Connection

Stecoah Valley, North Carolina

Stecoah Valley, North Carolina

A 17th century French scholar wrote that the Caribs originated on the South Atlantic Coast in the ancient times associated with the Shell Rings. He said that most Caribs migrated southward. POOF researchers have linked the group that the Frenchman said was the descendants of Caribs, who remained in North America, with the Cherokees.

The other part of this bombshell is that we have discovered a linguistic and cultural link between the advanced cultures in the Amazon Headwaters region of eastern Peru, with a tribe living on the South Atlantic Coast and some villages mentioned by Pardo and de Soto in the Appalachian Mountains.

The statements made by the French scholar confirm a long time presence in the North Carolina Mountains by a few of the Cherokee bands, but completely negates their association with pottery making, mound building or permanent towns.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    My colleague Otto Rodriguez and I (both freelance journalists) are working on the filming of a documentary that deals with various theories about contacts or pre-Hispanic settlements of Caribbean peoples in Florida.
    In this project we consider very important to include an interview with you on the subject of the film. We would be grateful if you would contact us to find out if this interview is possible and, if that case, to coordinate the date and place. Sincerely
    Miguel Lozano e-mail:
    Otto Rodríguez e-mail:
    Miami, FL

    • Otto and Miguel, you need to read some of my later articles. We have now proven a Caribbean and South American immigration into much of the Southeastern United States!


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