“Chains of Friendship”
Sustained contact and trade with English colonist beginning in about 1700 brought many changes to the Cherokee. Cherokee hunters supplied English traders with thousands of deerskins and slaves who had been captured in warfare. English traders supplied the Cherokee with a vast array of commodities such as guns, metal knives, hoes, fabrics, kettles, rum, and jewelry.
In 1721, the Cherokee and English attempted to regulate the trade and make clear boundaries between the two powers. The agreement included a cession of land. This first agreement set a pattern of relations between the two powers.
"Between 1721 and 1838 thirty-six separate treaties - often achieved through English and later American deceit and force - gave over, bit by bit the Cherokee homeland."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 24.423′ N, 85° 0.383′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "To Learn and not Forget" (here, next to this marker); "Orders No. 25" (here, next to this marker); General Winfield Scott (here, next to this marker); "Your Fate is Decided" (here, next to this marker); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (here, next to this marker); "A Desire to Possess" (here, next to this marker); "Not a treaty at all" (here, next to this marker); "Forced from this country" (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birchwood.
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.