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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. Known to them as the Cherokee town called Gansagiyi (abbreviated 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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  • 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 »
  • The town of New Echota served as the Capital for the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to their removal during the Trail of Tears in the late 1830's. The 17-minute film in the visitor center explained that th...  more »

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