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Fort Caroline in Georgia not Florida

Cherokee Historian finds Eyewitness Proof that France’s Fort Caroline was in Georgia, not Florida

The People of One Fire’s Marilyn Rae has found an eyewitness account by the famous 18th century botanist, William Bartram, that the ruins of Fort Caroline (1564-1565) and Fort San Mateo (1566-1568) were still visible in 1776 and located 12 miles upstream on the west bank of the Altamaha River near Darien, GA. This is going to turn the history books (and Wikipedia) upside down. In the 1960s the National Park Service constructed a fake Fort Caroline in Jacksonville, because their archaeologists could never find the real location elsewhere in Florida.

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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. hem23@nau.edu'

    Hello, I am fascinated by a sentence in the longer article on Fort Caroline’s Georgia location at the Altamaha River. You write, “The tribes at the mouth of the Altamaha spoke a South American language called Tupi.” Do you know more about this or could you refer me to someone else or another source? Also, I ‘d love to converse more on this if you are interested. Feel free to email me. Thanks!

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