Cherokee Citizens 1820

The Forgotten Civil Rights Story of Cherokee Americans

THE TREATIES OF 1817 AND 1819

The map above is a composite of the original plats John Armstrong survey plats stitched together

Above: A detail from a GIS map illustrates over 20 reserves claimed by Cherokees under provisions made by the 1817 & 1819 Treaties. Each tract is one square mile which equals 640 acres. Lake Emory near Franklin is at the lower right, Burningtown center left, and Cowee center. Ayoree at center bottom is modern Iotla at the Macon County Airport. 

Yellow Bear’s Reserve was located at the mouth of Burningtown Creek on the west side of the Little Tennessee River between modern Franklin and Bryson City.