Tama . . . Guardian of the Altamaha River
When visited by Hernando de Soto’s expedition in March of 1540, Tama was one of the most powerful indigenous provinces, north of Mexico. Its trading post villages were spread northward at least as far as the Potomac River and at least as far as the Mississippi River westward. So influential was the Tamauli People that Tama became the word for “town” in Chickasaw, Southern Shawnee and Kansa (Kaw) and the Middle Shawnee word for “corn.” There is one other thing, its very name is absolute proof of Mesoamerican migration to the Southeastern United States. Tama means “trade” in Totonac, Itza Maya and Itsate Creek.
In the late 1500s and early 1600s, any attempts by Spanish soldiers to explore Northeast Georgia were blocked by the garrison at Tama. All Spanish were told that they would be killed, if they traveled north of Tama. The little known fact of history is a principal reason that the Southeastern United States today is an English-speaking region.
Below is the new Youtube documentary on Tama:
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