Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation – largest of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast – is a people of Iroquoian lineage. The Cherokee, who called themselves ‘Ani’-Yun’ wiya’ – ‘Principal People’ – the ‘Keetoowah’ – ‘People of Kituhwa’ – or Tsalagi from their own name for the Cherokee Nation – migrated to the Southeast from the Great Lakes Region. Cherokee Timeline 1450 – First Cherokee enter the state in the vicinity of Traveler’s Rest. Tugaloo Old Town is the first major Cherokee village. 1540-1 De Soto “visits” the Cherokee and is supposedly one of the first whites seen by the tribe, although written descriptions of the tribe by the Spanish note the wide range of colors in the tribe, from “negro” (black) to light skinned and “fair,” according to Moyano and Pardo. 1650 – Cherokee commanded more than 40,000 square miles in the southern Appalachians by 1650 with a population […] Read More