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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 heritage of Anglo-Cherokee-Mexican kin in early nineteenth-century Texas.

The Chickamauga Cherokees from working Water at the Tennessee River have been constantly pressured 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 time and again prior to and because in Anglo-Indian kinfolk, 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 ended in defeat and the dispersal of the Chickamauga Cherokees to far-flung houses on reservations.

Could this background have taken a unique path? probably now not, for, as Mary Whatley Clarke observes, the Cherokee had turn into “a pink island in a white sea,” and it sort of feels inevitable that the Anglo-American might submerge that island.

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2. The contracting parties guarantee mutually to the extent of their power, the integrity of their respective territories as now agreed upon and described, viz: the territory apportioned to the red people shall begin at the Sandy Spring where Bradley’s road takes off from the road leading from Nacogdoches to the Plantation of Joseph Durst; from thence west by the compass, without regard to variation, to the Rio Grande; thence to the head of the Big Red River; thence north to the boundary of the United States of America; thence with the same line to the mouth of Sulphur Fork, thence in a right line to the beginning.

5 Barker, Life of Austin, 148-50. 6 Winkler, “The Cherokee Indians in Texas,” loc. , 116. 37 There had been ill will between the Anglo-Americans and the Mexicans from the time Nolan and Long made their expeditions into the ~ o u n t r y A . ~ Mexican alcalde ruled Nacogdoches, and preference was naturally given to the Mexican claimants of land titles? ”9 Edwards had been in the country only a few weeks when he incurred the anger of many persons, especially the established settlers. He issued a proclamation October 25, 1825, ordering all persons residing within the territory, and all those holding claims to land in the territory, to present themselves to him and show their titles and documents in order that they could be approved or rejected.

8 James T. DeShields, Border Wars of Texas, Being an Authentic and Popular Account, in Chronological Order, of the Long and Bitter Conflict Waged Between Savage Indian Tribes and the Pioneer Settlers of Texas (ea. by Matt Bradley), 41. Hereafter cited as Border Wars of Texas. 9 Wortham, History of Texas, I, 225. 10 Winkler, “The Cherokee Indians in Texas,” Zoc. , 117, 135. Edwards was charged with selling land and with failing to show his credentials to the alcalde. It was rumored that he had a large supply of arms in his home and that he had sold his colonial grant in New Orleans for $120,000 and planned to bring an army from the United States to fight the Mexicans?

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