Domus Regis~House of the King . . . at head of the Chattahoochee
The 1684 map of Eastern North America by Robert Morden has some interesting details, even though it was not as accurate, geographically, as his 1693 map (see below). He showed that all of the North Carolina Mountains had been recently been conquered by the Rickohocken slave raiders from Otter River Valley in Virginia. He put the regional capital of Apalache apparently at the location of a large town where Peachtree Creek enters the Chattahoochee River in Northwest Metro Atlanta. That town remained occupied until 1818 and was later known as Standing Peachtree. He put the location of the High King of the Apalache Kingdom at the head of the Chattahoochee River. That location is probably either the Kenimer Mound or the Hines-Soque Mound in Batesville, GA, which I am currently studying. By that time, according to French ethnologist, Charles de Rochefort, the Paracusa of the Apalache Kingdom functioned more like the Pope, who influenced the many ethnic groups in the Southern Highlands via persuasion rather than brute force.
As you can see below, things had changed by 1693. What is now known as the village of Sautee in the Nacoochee Valley, was labeled Apalache, and there was no mention of a Domus Regis. The history and geography portrayed by Traveler Bird, the Oklahoma Cherokee author of Tell Them They Lie, is all garbled up, but has some very interesting statements blended in with his oral history. He stated that the British were responsible for “breaking up the Old Appalachian (Apalache) Confederacy at the start of the Yamasee War in 1716.” He also stated that Sequoyah was born in Soquee (which is now called Batesville) but incorrectly placed Soquee in North Carolina. Bird added that the Soque People were known for their wisdom and had a writing system. That is the Apalache-Creek writing system, which I am trying to reconstruct right now. They recorded their history on gold foil. Sequoyah got the idea of creating a Cherokee writing system from being around the Soque scribes.
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