By Mary Whatley Clarke
Here is the gripping tale of the final stand of leader Philip Bowles of the Chickamauga Cherokee Indians of Texas. Mary Whatley Clarke units this story opposed to the stormy historical past of Anglo-Cherokee-Mexican kin in early nineteenth-century Texas.
The Chickamauga Cherokees from working Water at the Tennessee River have been constantly compelled to relocate–first to Missouri, then to Arkansas, and eventually to Texas. They controlled to make a house in their new Texas place of dwelling. Then, as has occurred repeatedly ahead of and because in Anglo-Indian relatives, settlers started to glance with expanding hope on the wealthy Indian lands. The Chickamauga Cherokee had had adequate of relocation, and, on a blistering July day in 1839, leader Bowles and his warriors made a sad and bloody ultimate stand at the battlefield protecting their new Texas domestic. Their stand led to defeat and the dispersal of the Chickamauga Cherokees to far-flung houses on reservations.
Could this background have taken a unique path? maybe no longer, for, as Mary Whatley Clarke observes, the Cherokee had turn into “a purple island in a white sea,” and it kind of feels inevitable that the Anglo-American might submerge that island.
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