The Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail is possibly the most famous route in the southern USA along which cattle were driven from Texas ranches where they were reared to Kansas railheads where they were sold and transported away to feed the growing population of the North. It was named after the Scottish-Cherokee trader Jesse Chisholm who used it… Read More

Chickasaw culture

The Chickasaw tribe was particularly warlike, even by Native American standards. Despite this, they were a matrilineal society, recognising the female rather than the male line of descent. Women had their own land about which they could make decisions without reference to their husbands. There was nonetheless a strict division of labour between the sexes.… Read More

The Chickasaw, Spartans of the Lower Mississippi Valley

The Chickasaw were a warlike tribe of American Indians who migrated to the Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma in 1832 after they’d been forced to sell their lands around the Mississippi to the US government. Other tribes were compelled to move as well and the route they took was called the Trail of Tears. The… Read More