Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Trail of Tears
Because the Cherokee community of Qualla Town separated from the Cherokee Nation around 1820, the people of Qualla were not legally required to emigrate on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma in 1838. By 1837, WIlliam H. Thomas, Qualla's white patron, secured state and federal guarantees for the “Qualla Town Cherokees” right to remain in their ancient homeland.
Nevertheless, the U.S. Army threatened the people of Qualla with deportation in September 1838, when troops commanded by Lt. C.H. Larned came to Qualla in search of fugitives from the Cherokee Nation. Larned directed Yonaguska, the leader of the settlement, to assemble the community for inspection.
The troops counted the Qualla Town people against an 1837 roster to determine if any fugitives were present. Larned then demanded that Yonaguska send Qualla scouts to find
After the army withdrew from western North Carolina in November 1838, hundreds of Cherokee fugitives came from their mountain hideouts and joined friends and relatives at Qualla Town, forming the nucleus of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Erected by the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 29.07′ N, 83° 18.948′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is at the intersection of Tsali Boulevard (U.S. 441) and Drama Road, on the left when traveling north on Tsali Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sequoyah (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Hair Clan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherokee Veterans Park (approx. Nimrod Jarrett Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oconaluftee Indian Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas's Legion (approx. 0.9 miles away); Place of the Poplar Boundary Tree (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sorghum Mill and Furnace (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
More about this marker. Located near the sidewalk at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
Also see . . . North Carolina Chapter Trail of Tears Association. (Submitted on May 23, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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