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Muklasa Indians

Muklasa Tribe: Meaning in Alabama and Choctaw, “friends,” or “people of one nation.” Connections. Since the Muklasa did not speak Muskhogean and their name is from the Koasati, Alabama, or Choctaw language, and since they were near neighbors of the two former, it is evident that they were connected with one or the other of them. Location. On the south bank of Tallapoosa River in Montgomery County. (See Florida and Oklahoma) History. When we first hear of the Muklasa in 1675 they were in the position above given and remained there until the end of the Creek-American War, when they are said to have emigrated to Florida in a body. Nothing is heard of them afterward, however, and although Gatschet (1884) states that there was a town of the name in the Creek Nation in the west in his time, I could learn nothing about it when I visited the Creeks in 1911-12. Population.-In 1760 the Muklasa are said to have had 50 men, in 1761, 30, and in 1792, 30. These are the only figured available regarding their...

Muklasa Tribe

Still another town in this neighborhood not speaking Muskogee was Muklasa. The name means “friends” or “people of one nation” in Alabama, Koasati, or Choctaw, therefore it is probable that the town was Alabama or Koasati, the Choctaw being at a considerable distance. According to the list of 1761 it was then estimated to contain 30 hunters. William Trewin and James Germany were the traders.1 In 1797 the trader was Michael Elhart, “an industrious, honest man; a Dutchman.”2 Bartram visited it in 1777,3 and in 1799 Hawkins gives the following account of it: Mook-lau-sau is a small town one mile below Sau-va-noo-gee, on the left bank of a fine little creek, and bordering on a cypress swamp; their fields are below those of Sau-va-no-gee, bordering on the river; they have some lots about their houses fenced for potatoes; one chief has some cattle, horses, and hogs; a few others have some cattle and hogs. In the season of floods the river spreads out on this side below the town, nearly eight miles from bank to bank, and is very destructive to game and stock.4 After the Creek war we are informed that the Muklasa emigrated to Florida in a body. At all events we do not hear of them again, and the Creeks in Oklahoma have forgotten that such a town ever existed. Gatschet says ”a town of that name is in the Indian Territory,” but nobody could give the present writer any information regarding it.5FootnotesGa. Col. Docs., VIII, p. 523. ↩Hawkins in Ga. Hist. Soc. Colls., IX, p. 169. ↩Bartram, Travels, p. 444 et seq. ↩Ga. Hist. Soc. Colls., III, p. 35. ↩Gatschet, Creek...

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