Migration Legend Supplement: Rare 1735 map of Savannah
The map below was published in late 1735 in Germany. It accompanied excerpts of the Migration Legend of the Creek People, translated into German.
This map, along with the lost documents that were discovered in April 2015, provide a radical new understanding about the origins of the Creek Confederacy and several of its members. Both High King Chikili and Tamachichi stated in these documents that the first “Creek” town was where Savannah was located and “our first emperor is buried there.”
Note in the second detailed map that the tomb of the first “Creek emperor” (Indian King’s Tomb) is clearly labeled. Prior to these discoveries, absolutely no one ever considered the possibility of Savannah being the place where the first Muskogean polity developed. This paradigm radically changes the interpretation of “Mississippian” archaeological sites and artifacts in the Lower Southeast.
Notice the “Old Fort” on the east side of the Ogeechee River. So far I have been unable to find another map or colonial archive that mentions a fort at that location. The location is not heavily developed today. It might be a fascinating location for archaeologists to explore.
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