Images: The coastal marshes of Tabasco and southern Vera Cruz States
The Migration Legends of the Creek People
In 1734, Georgia Colonial Secretary, Thomas Christie, wrote the Archbishop of Canterbury that while walking around the future site of Savannah with James Oglethorpe, Tamachichi (Trade Dog or Itinerant Merchant in Itza Maya) told him the origin of his people, who were the Itzate (Hitchiti) Creeks. Tamachichi stated that they were from a land far to the south. His ancestors had first crossed a great water to reach southern Florida. There they lived near a great lake (Okeechobee?) for several generations. They then migrated northward to a Land of Reeds (Everglades?) After other peoples began to invade the region, they paddled northward until they saw a coast that looked like the coast of their ancient homeland.
Tamachichi said that the Itzate Creeks first lived where Savannah was to be built and that his ancestors were buried in mounds on Yamacraw Bluff. That Itza Maya colonists would first live on the Savannah River seems surprising, until one visits the coast of Southern Mexico. As you can see in the photos below, it is almost identical to the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia.
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