Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

Historic Indian Towns in Alabama, 1548-1838

Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

Historic Indian Towns in Alabama, 1548-1838

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Historic Indian Towns in Alabama, 1548-1838. AMOS J. WRIGHT. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2003. 264 pp., appendix, biblio. $22.95 (paper), ISBN 08173-1252-8; $55.00 (hardcover), ISBN 0-8173-1251-X.

Reviewed by John T. Penman

In the foreword to Amos J. Wright's Historic Indian Towns, Vernon J. Knight provides a history into the research on Indian towns in what is now the state of Alabama. AU of the previous itinerations that dealt solely with Alabama are now out of print. Knight notes that the seminal Early History of the Creek Indians and their Neighbors by John R. Swanton originally published in 1922 by the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE), has however been reprinted.

Wright compiled an alphabetical listing of town or village names from 214 maps that date from 1544 to 1846. The earliest of these resulted from journal accounts of the 1540 Hernando de Soto entrada, and the latest was produced shortly after the majority of the Southeastern Indians were forcibly moved west of the Mississippi River. The Appendix is an alphabetical enumeration of towns and map reference for each listed chronologically. Spelling variations are noted for each map.

Wright's masterful work suffers from the absence of maps. …

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