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Illustration 1: Artist's Conception of a Cherokee Homestead, early 1830s. [Illustration 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of Charles O. Walker, artist)

This illustration shows the homestead of Lying Fish, located in a relatively remote valley in northern Georgia. In the early 1830s, Lying Fish's homestead included a 16 by 14 foot log house with a wooden chimney, another house of the same size, a corn crib, a stable, 19 acres of cleared bottom land, of which six were on the creek, 30 peach trees and 3 apple trees.

Questions for Illustration 1

1. Most Cherokees lived on small farms like this. Compare the house shown here with the Ridge and Ross houses. How do they differ? How are they alike?

2. How does the farm compare with what you know about the farms of Major Ridge and John Ross?

3. Cherokees living on farms like this rarely had white ancestors and were unlikely to speak English. How do you think that might affect their attitudes towards adopting some of the white cultural and agricultural practices? How might it affect their attitude towards the Treaty of New Echota?

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