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Friday, February 18, 2011

Indian Trade on the Chattahoochee River

Rev. William Jasper Cotter in his autobiography gave his account of traffic with the Indians in the early decades of the century.

"After the War of 1812 my father drifted to Georgia and embarked in trading with the Indians...At that time there was a great trade center at Grayson Bend on the Chattahoochee River, fifteen miles above LaGrange. From the mouth of Peachtree Creek near the city of Atlanta, he shipped in large canoes a cargo of goods...In turning the canoes in the bend of the river to land, the whole cargo capsized, and everything was lost. The crew escaped safely and, in the best way they could make their way back home, going pretty much over what is now the line of the West Point Railroad." Source: Official History of Fulton County by Walter G. Cooper.

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