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New Echota, Calhoun

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New Echota was the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to their forced removal in the 1830s. New Echota is 3.68 miles north of present-day Calhoun, Georgia, and south of Resaca, Georgia. The site is a state park and a historic site, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.The site is at the confluence of the Coosawattee River and Conasauga River, which join to form the Oostanaula River, a tributary of the Coosa River. It is near Town Creek. Archeological evidence has shown that the site of New Echota had been occupied by ancient indigenous cultures prior to the Cherokee Native Americans, to whom it was a town of theirs named Gansagiyi or Gansagi; they renamed it New Echota in 1825 after making it the capital.HistoryPrior to relocating to Gansagi and building the community of New Echota, the Cherokee had used the nearby town of Ustanali on the Coosawattee River as the seat of their tribe, beginning in 1788. Ustanali had been established in 1777 by refugees from the Cherokee Lower Towns in northwestern South Carolina. In that year, Old Tassel and several other Cherokee leaders were murdered while on an embassy to the State of Franklin. In response, warriors across the frontier increased attacks on European-American settlers, in addition to the Chickamauga Cherokee followers of Dragging Canoe, who were already in the midst of the Cherokee–American wars. Following the murders, Little Turkey was elected chief of the Cherokee. The seat of the Cherokee council was then moved from Chota to Ustanali.
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  • This place is a must see. Allow plenty of time as it takes at least 2-3 hours or longer to really tour all the buildings and absorb the reality of how the Cherokee lived. The film and museum are great...  more »
  • An excellent place to learn about American history! The advance shown film and the small exhibition are informative. The terrain with its further apart this building is great. The printing is explained vividly by an employee. A special place, away from the hustle-bustle. Wemutstropfen: the dream catchers and other native American jewelry made in China are :-(
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  • A great stop on our way through north Georgia! Thanks to the guide who unlocked the print shop at the end of the day and gave us the most interesting talk and demonstration of how the Cherokees develo...  more »
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  • My grandson expressed an interest in American history. I felt compelled to capitalize on the opportunity. I carried him to as many historical sites as we could get to in five days. I figured he would get tired quickly and complain. He did not. He willingly participated everywhere we went. I would have been remiss to have excluded any part of our history, even the ugly parts. We went to New Echota to learn the truth about our native Americans and how they were mistreated and abused by the immigrants from Europe and Asia. New Echota Historical Site is a place that needed to be and needs to be preserved for our future generations and for the sanctity of this country and the lessons we must learn from past mistakes.
  • Beautiful and sad at the same time. The GA State Parks employees do a great job of preserving this important part of American history. Let is never forget what injustice looks like.
  • after leave this place my friend (that had no interest stopping here) was angry. i couldn't believe that he didn't know how the white man treated the Cherokee. he left angry and sad with a new found respect for the American Indian. yes he knew we kicked them off their land but he had no idea just how badly we treated them. thats why w need our historical statues, our historical building and our historical place to be care for as rare jewels. because of this place my friend has looked into more history about the Cherokee and other american Indians and now knows what great people they are. i'm glad he had the insight to see more than just old houses. this is a must stop for anybody trip
  • Loved the honesty in this memorial. Would like to see an expansion to the museum.
  • A must see. An amazing site-education.
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