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Domus Regis~House of the King . . . at head of the Chattahoochee

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. 

1693 Map of Eastern North America by Robert Morden – It put Apalache at Sautee, GA.

 

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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.

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  1. Lbtagawa@gmail.com'

    Wow. Writing should not surprise me but it does. I may make a revision to my current manuscript. My character picks up a white man’s book on a raid and discerns the power of writing. He talks to his grandmother about it. Betcha a southern Shawnee might remember Creek writing!!!

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  2. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Mr. George Gist (Sequoyah) was related to the Sokee? That would be interesting as to who helped the Creeks and Cherokees read and write first: The Ani-Kitani or the Sokee or the people that used the string/Knot system script. Mr. James Adair that lived for many years with the Cherokees and blamed the French for the Yamasee war against the British Indian traders towns and the South Carolina settlers. He stated that war included both the Cherokee and the Muskogee peoples being influenced by the French. He also said the string/knot system was still being used by the Native peoples of his time in some way.

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  3. panthergaptx@gmail.com'

    Howdy, Just a line…tried to email you I reguards to an article at GAVINMENZIES.com on language. My other point was change of advertisements at POOF.

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    • I have no control over the appearance of the POOF website and have not known, who owned the site since October 2017. The new owner filled the site with ads. That is why I created my own website, The Americas Revealed. However, about 90% of the subscribers for POOF have not subscribed to the new website.

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