Richard Thornton | May 1, 2017 | 2
The Forgotten History of North Georgia
Now in its third year of publication is a concise, inexpensive book for laymen and history teachers that takes the reader on a journey through time . . . from 1200 BC, when the Reinhardt Petroglyphs were probably carved to 2015. The book is updated each winter with the discoveries made by the People of One Fire during the previous year.
The URL of the publisher’s website is: Forgotten History
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The first part of the book is a visual journey from 1200 BC to 1776 AD. The graphics are graytone, not color, but very high resolution architectural graphics. The next chapter goes in detail to explain why the current “official” history of the Southern Highlands is so different than the real history. The final chapter is a timeline that takes the reader from 1200 BC to 1976 AD.
You will learn about information in a geology textbook that somehow has been ignored by history professors. Mine timbers in two mines in western North Carolina and one mine at the base of Fort Mountain, GA have been radiocarbon dated to respectively, 1590, 1600 and 1600. All three mine shafts contained 16th century iron tools.
In 1646, Governor Benito Ruíz de Salazar of La Florida ordered the construction of a pack mule road to connect St.Augustine to the Great White Path (Nene Hatka Rakko) that ran from Smoky Mountains through in the Georgia Mountains to the mouth of the Suwannee River on the Gulf Coast. The Great White Path is now the US 129 Highway. Where the path crossed the Chattahoochee River in the Nacoochee Valley, he ordered a fortified trading post built to develop the deerskin trade with the Highland Apalache Indians. It is almost certain that he knew that gold was being mined in the Nacoochee Valley.
These facts are in Florida history textbooks, but not those of Georgia and North Carolina.
In 1641, Royalist Edward Bland and his young wife had to flee England because of the Civil War between the Royalists and Parliament. For five years, they lived in Spain and the Canary Islands, managing his family’s investments. The only way that would have been possible is for them to at least pretend to be Roman Catholics. It was illegal for Protestants and Jews to live or own businesses in Spain. In 1646, Bland suddenly traveled from Spain to Virginia. Upon arriving in Virginia, he immediately traveled 600+ miles alone or in a small party through the wilderness to the Georgia Mountains.
The archives are silent what he was doing there, but it is extremely odd that a man, who had never been to the New World, much less in the wilderness, would take such a trip. The obvious answer was that the Bland family was an investor in the Spanish trading post.
Virginia history books tell this story without any comment. North Carolina textbooks don’t mention this journey, but tell of a second journey made by Bland to Albamarle Sound in North Carolina. Georgia textbooks are completely silent.
In 1653, Royalist Richard Brigstock had to high-tail it out of Barbados because a Commonwealth fleet and military force was invading the island to arrest all Royalist officials. Barbados had remained Royalist throughout the English Civil War and initial Commonwealth period.
Brigstock spent a considerable length time as a guest of the Paracusti of the Apalache in the Georgia Mountains. He also visited with Spanish gold miners, ruby miners and a Catholic mission that has been left completely out of the history books. He eventually returned to Barbados, but after the Restoration of King Charles II and the appointment of Royalist governor William Berkeley, he moved his family to Virginia. Both the Blands and the Brigstocks became FFV’s . . . first families of Virginia.
The book in which Charles de Rochefort wrote about Brigstock’s experiences in the Appalachian Mountains is still popular in Europe, but unknown in the United States. American academicians decided that the story could not be true because De Rochefort said that the region was occupied by Apalache Indians, not Cherokees, and that they lived in great towns on the sides of mountains and along rushing rivers.
Would you believe? The Brigstock and Bland families both lived in Brigstock, England before the English Civil War. They had intermarried several times during the previous centuries. Was there a connection? You can bet your sweet bippy there was!
About 18 years ago, a team of well known Southeastern anthropology professors wrote a book about the late 1500s in the Lower Southeast. The book ends with the statement that “history is silent throughout most of the 1600s about what was happening in the interior of the Southeast.” That statement is patently false. The problem is that what history says was diametrically opposite to the version of history that they had created. They didn’t do their homework.
I think most everybody will enjoy this 144 page book. It is being updated and expanded as new discoveries are made about Georgia’s fascinating history. Buy Now!
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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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