Long before Europeans set foot on Native North America, there was a continental-wide trail system that connected the Hudson Bay with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic with the Pacific. This was the transportation and trading routes for all travel.
Discover Eastern Cherokee History
Most published history regarding the Cherokee people begins around 1700 and continues through the 1838 Removal and the Trail of Tears. After writing about this time period, many historians divert their studies to the West.
This website is focused on the history of the Cherokees who remained in the mountains of western North Carolina from 1776 up until the recognition of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians by the United States Congress in 1866.
Numerous records, including those that document testimonies, affidavits, claims, spoliation, settlements, and surveys, help us better understand the ethnogenesis of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the Qualla Boundary. This website reflects the research that has been conducted and will be updated as further research is completed.
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