The 1700 Cherokee Territorial Claim
The Cherokee Territorial Claim contained no modern state boundaries since there was no European claim on their lands at that time. Their range was delineated by the Ohio River on the northern front, the Tennessee River in modern north Alabama, the Piedmont foothills of the Carolinas and the western flank of the Unicoi Mountains in Tennessee. The Cherokee could travel from the Eastern Seaboard to the Mississippi River with only the maps etched in their minds. It appears to me from studying old records describing their comments that they memorized their country as if it were a giant puzzle whose interlocking pieces were watersheds. All watersheds are separated by high ground or dividing ridges. Prominent mountains sometimes stand out with unusual shapes or features.