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All this led up to The Trail of Tears.

The word "Cherokee" is believed to be derived from a Choctaw word meaning "Cave People". Another explanation says it came from a Creek word "Chelokee", meaning "People Of A Different Speech". It was picked up and used by the Europeans as "Cherokee" and was eventually accepted and adopted by the Cherokee in the form of Tsalagi or Jalagi. In their own language the Cherokee originally called themselves The Aniyunvyia or Anniyaya meaning The Principle People or The Keetoowah or Anikituaghi, Anikituhwagi meaning "People Of Kituhwa". Although they usually accept being called Cherokee, many prefer Tsalagi Ayili. Traditionally the people now known as Cherokee refer to themselves as Aniyun-wiya, a name usually translated as "The Real People". Other names applied to the Cherokee have been: Allegheny, Delaware, Arapaho, Chilukki(dog people), Osage and Kansa. Their first encounter with the Europeans was with Hernando Desoto in 1540. The English traders appeared among the Cherokee in 1673. They first went to war with the colonists in 1711 and were devastated by epidemics of disease such as small pox during that century. In 1835 the U.S. Govt. passed The Removal Act . Principal Chief John Ross refused to recognize the legality or validity of the Removal Act and challenged it in court. The Supreme Court rulled in favor of The Cherokee Nation. President Jackson said : "Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it." You all know what happened after that.

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Date: 3/11/2021 12:22:00 AM
Congratulations, and excellent post my dear sister of God's inspirational grace, Judy. I love the flow of the words. The impact of history is very devastating. The descriptive excellence is lovely and sends vivid images. The theme of "Dislocation" stands out, and the tone moves the piece down the page with much grace. Great job! Have a fantastic day, with God's richest grace and blessings to you and your loved ones always.
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Date: 3/10/2021 6:03:00 AM
Thank you for these informative lines, Judy...and I thought I knew most things about Cherokees!! ~ Hope you are keeping well, my friend. Regards // paul
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Date: 3/9/2021 11:23:00 PM
Thanks for that bit of history. In Europe we tend to study our own history and very little about USA.
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Date: 3/9/2021 5:29:00 PM
Yes, indeed. After that --- Paul Revere and the Raiders, "Cherokee Nation," and then 'Jeep Cherokee.' lol. Seriously, that's quite a history there! :) gw
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Date: 3/9/2021 12:22:00 PM
Good pen Judy with really interesting history about the Cherikees those many years ago showing good imagery with good expression too. Hope all's well, I will answer soupmail in a few days, blessings always,Gordon
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Judy Ball
Date: 3/9/2021 12:42:00 PM
Thanks bunches Gordon. I have Cherokee blood. God Bless, JB
Date: 3/9/2021 10:41:00 AM
Yes, the Cherokees today consist of more blue-eyed blondes than any other Tribe in the USA! Aloha! Rico
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