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Youtube . . . What was the difference between the Florida Apalachee and the Georgia Apalache?

Youtube . . . What was the difference between the Florida Apalachee and the Georgia Apalache?


The explanation for the origin of the Appalachian Mountain’s name, found in virtually all references, is totally bogus. Readers are told that the Appalachian Mountains were named after a Florida Native American Tribe, named the Apalachee, who formerly lived about 300 miles south of the mountains’ southern tip. How could that be? This is the first part of a four part series that explains the complex, but fascinating journey through history, which gave the Appalachian Mountains their name.

The answer to this mystery is far more complex than you can imagine.   Up until the early 1700s, it was common knowledge among scholars and adventurers in Europe that the Apalache Indians were in the mountains of Southeastern North America, while very few people outside of perhaps some bureaucrats in the Spanish government, even knew that there was a tribe in Spanish Florida that the Spanish called Apalache.  However, these people did not call themselves by that name until the Spanish told them that was their name. The situation was akin to the members of a confederacy farther north being told that their new name was “Creek Indians.”

This YouTube adventure begins with linguistics and then explains the differences between the Native Peoples in present day Florida and Georgia.

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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.



    Wasnt there a ” cofitacheque ” or simlar in georgia at one time ? Cause i found this exact same word on a map of northern mexico from 1656.

    • Cofitacheque was near the coast of South Carolina, north of Charleston Bay.


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