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Oxford in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The "Shattering" of the Mississippian World

AD 1540 to AD 1730

 

— Choccolocco Park Interpretive Trail —

 
The "Shattering" of the Mississippian World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2020
1. The "Shattering" of the Mississippian World Marker
Inscription.  The arrival of European explorers and colonists in North America disrupted the Mississippian world in ways that researchers are still working to understand. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived in the interior in AD 1540. He traveled through the Coosa chiefdom, which at that time extended from present-day eastern Tennessee to present-day Childersburg, Alabama. Some archaeologists believe he may have traveled down the Choccolocco Valley but no definitive evidence has yet been discovered. After de Soto's expedition, the people of the southeast experienced several waves of epidemics and populations began to move around the landscape. At the beginning of the 18th century, the people inhabiting scores of Native American towns in the Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Chattahoochee Valleys formed an alliance that became known as the “Creek Confederacy.” These groups later became the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
 
Erected 2016 by the City of Oxford.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1540.
 
Location.
The view south from the marker along a walking trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 26, 2020
2. The view south from the marker along a walking trail.
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33° 36.26′ N, 85° 47.802′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker can be reached from Leon Smith Parkway. Located within Choccolocco Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 954 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford AL 36203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paleoindian (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archaic (approx. ¼ mile away); Charcoal Production at Caver-Christian-Davis Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Caver-Christian-Davis Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); The Choccolocco Creek Archaeological Complex (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mississippi Earthen Mounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Today (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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