Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
The map no one wants you to see
This map is the first official map of the newly independent State of Georgia. It was published in 1785. It was Georgia’s legal response to the 1784 Buell Map of the new United States of America, which showed all of northern Georgia, including the locations of Augusta, Macon, Atlanta and Chattanooga in South Carolina. Georgia interpreted its charter from King George II to include all of the land west of the Keowee River. However, in the negotiations swirling around the adoption of the US Constitution in 1787, South Carolina lost its claim to much of Georgia, but Congress gave South Carolina the land between the Keowee and Chattooga Rivers as a consolation prize . . . even though Georgia’s charter really did include that land.
This map flushes down the commode, most of the historical malarkey that the People of One Fire has been complaining about since 2006. Note that it shows the northwestern tip of Georgia (northwest of the Coosa and Conasauga Rivers) and all of northern Alabama in Chickasaw territory. In 1776, explorer William Bartram wrote that the boundary of the Creek Nation was about 20 miles south of Otto, North Carolina. That is exactly what this map shows. This map puts the entire Chattahoochee River Basin, including the Nacoochee Valley, inside the Creek Nation. Centered over present day North Georgia are the bold words:
The Creek Country
The Muskohge Nation
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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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