Youtube . . . The Upper Creek town of Tuckabatchee in 1776
A 7:40 minute video on the history and architecture of the capital of the Upper Creeks
Botanist William Bartram stated that Tuckabatchee was his favorite American Indian town in the United States. He intentionally visited there twice for extensive stays, during his sojourns in the Lower Southeast. One of the young Creek ladies watching him study the town in a few years would become the wife of Benjamin Hawkins, the chief United States Agent to the Southeastern Indians. One of their daughters would become the inspiration for a best-selling book and movie, entitled “True Women.”
Bartram performed an invaluable service to future generations. He surveyed the central area of the town and prepared a town plan, plus prepared several architectural sketches. His work provided the only detailed information that we have on mid-18th century Creek town. The model I built, was based completely on his drawings.
Viewers are in for some big surprises. Many assumptions made by Alabama historians and archaeologists about Tuckabatchee are wrong. For example, at the onset of the American Revolution, the leaders of Tuckabatchee refused to fight for the British. Because most Upper Creek towns id agree to become British allies, Tuckabatchee was forced to move an ancient town site on the Chattahoochee River, where Six Flags Over Georgia is now located. From that point forward the people of Tuckabatchee were associated with the Muskogee-speaking Middle Creeks and apparently stopped speaking Upper Creek, which was similar to Hitchiti.
You will find this brief video very interesting!
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