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Expand your knowledge of US history with background information about the Chickamauga Cherokee from our Native American historians in Deltona, Florida.

Dragging Canoe was one of the Cherokee tribe's most devoted chiefs. He angrily opposed the terms of the deal in which the Cherokee Nation signed away some of

their valuable land to the whites and received very little in return. He broke away from the Cherokees in 1776, forming an aggressive wing of the tribe known as the

Chickamauga Cherokees.

Dragging Canoe was the son of the famous narrator, Chief Attakullakulla. For his headquarters, Dragging Canoe chose the site of an ancient Creek village on the

Chickamauga near present day northeastern Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many well-known chiefs joined him, Chief Ostenaco being among them.

This old Indian had fought side by side with George Washington on the Virginia frontiers and knew him intimately. He knew not only our first President, but also men such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.  The Chickamauga feared that the expansion of the United States spelled doom for the Cherokees and believed that by engaging in war they were protecting their

territory the only way they could. After the American Revolution, the majority of Cherokees favored peace and agreed to give up all lands east of the Appalachians.

But a small band of warriors, called 'Chickamauga' were unwilling to accept a truce and moved their families to northeastern Alabama. Fighting continued on both

sides until 1785, with the most stubborn resistance coming from a recalcitrant group of Cherokees who seceded after the Carolina cession in 1777 and established themselves first on Chickamauga Creek and later on the Lower Tennessee River. These diehards became known as 'The Chickamauga of the Five Lower Towns.

Principle Chief Head Mother


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The split, which occurred between the Cherokee Nation and the Chickamauga, was political and represented a fundamental shift in international policy.

The Chickamauga favored continued conflict with the United States in an attempt to maintain their land base and independence, whereas some influential elements of

the Cherokee National Council took a more conciliatory position. At Fort Mims, two thousand Chickamauga helped Chief Red Eagle takes the Fort and after the fall of

Horseshoe Bend, many moved into Florida.  The two main Chickamauga Chiefs, Dragging Canoe (Tsiyugunsini) son of Attakullakulla and John Watts (Kunokeski) were relatives of Cherokee Nation Principle Chief

Moytoy (Amahetai) and may have been advised to leave the Nation so that the Cherokee Nation's residents would not be drawn further into a full scale war with the

Americans. From 1777, the Chickamauga were not an official part of the governance and policy structure of the Cherokee Nation and through their external military

policy, the Chickamauga were an independent Cherokee political entity although not an entity with which the majority of the Cherokee Nation's residents were opposed.