History program traces Cherokee ties to slavery
March 3, 2017
"Deeper Into Slavery," a 60-minute program at the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District on Saturday, March 4, will explore the history of the Brown's Ferry Federal Road Trace.
According to historians with Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Federal Road on Moccasin Bend was originally used as a Cherokee trading road before the Europeans arrived in the area. Then it was used as Europeans traded their goods for the deer skins that were coveted in their native Europe. The European goods received in the trades made life easier for the indigenous peoples, but their growing dependence came at a price.