Indians & Cultural Encounters

Henry Timberlake

Henry Timberlake was a young British officer who volunteered to accompany the Cherokees back to their home lands in 1761 to explain a treaty to the villagers. He visited the villages of Tomotly, Chota, Citico and Chilhowee over a four month period.
Later he accompanied several Cherokees on a visit to London. Timberlake kept a journal of his visits to the Cherokees and later included those descriptions and observations in a book titled, Memoirs. 
The journal and a map he drew of the Cherokee villages on the Little Tennessee River became the basis of what we know about Cherokee life in the 1700s.   For more information about Timberlake, click here

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