Native American History of Savannah

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Savannah's storied history begins with Native Americans. The Guales lived along the Georgia coast for hundreds of years and were the first to encounter Spanish missionaries from St. Augustine in the 1500s. Tomochichi of the Yamacraw tribe is lauded as the co-founder of Georgia for his efforts in helping James Oglethorpe establish the Savannah colony in the eighteenth century. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson forced southeastern Native American tribes to resettle in the West, including descendants of the Savannah Creek, who had fought by Jackson's side at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Michael Freeman explores the legacy of coastal Georgia's Native Americans and the role they played in founding Savannah.
ISBN: 9781467138314
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Georgia
Series: American Heritage
Images: 50
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael Freeman has lived and worked in Savannah for more than twenty-five years. He is the father of three children and the husband of one woman. He has written one other book, Savannah’s Monuments: The Untold Stories, and writes a weekly blog, Freeman’s Rag ( He is founder and president of the nonprofit Joined in Giving and a docent at the Telfair Museums. Michael holds a BA in history and religion from Samford University and a MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a featured speaker at the Flannery O’Connor Home, Live Oak Public Library, Road’s Scholar Programs, Savannah College of Art and Design, Senior Citizens Inc. and other forums. He has been studying the Native Americans of Savannah for more than ten years.
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