Hillabees were the last Creek tribe to leave Georgia
On May 5, 2016 People of One Fire wraps up its series on the Chattahoochee River in Metropolitan Atlanta with more big surprises. We have already told you about Anneewakee probably originating in the Valley of Mexico and that for the last 50 years of its existence, Tuckabatchee was on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, not in Alabama. However, we have stumbled upon some well documented information in history books that some how didn’t make it into the anthropology books.
The Hillabees, who originated on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, moved back to the Chattahoochee River during the Red Stick War and stayed there until 1827. By that time, about 22,000 Creeks in eastern Georgia had disassociated themselves from the Creek Confederacy. However, the Hillabees stayed members of the confederacy and shared its fate.
The final article will offer convincing arguments that the remaining archaeological zones on the Chattahoochee River in Southwest Metro Atlanta should be (at a minimum) incorporated into a single National Historic District. An ideal situation would be for them to be annexed to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
See ya on the 5th!
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