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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