- A tribe of the Muskhogean family closely related to the Creek and the
Choctaw in the early days. They are noted as one of the warlike tribes
of the Gulf area, and the one tribe encountered by the Spaniards who came
nearest to destroying De Soto's army in 1451.
The Chickasaw formerly ranged a section
which is now in northern Mississippi and portions of Tennessee. They
were slaveholding people, but when the Civil War ended they freed their
slaves and adopted them into the tribe. They became members of the
Five Civilized Tribes after they were moved to Oklahoma by the Government.
The Chickasaw language, similar to that
of the mobile Indians, served as a means of commercial and tribal intercourse
for all tribes along the Mississippi River. Their chiefs were called
"mingos." Today they are in Oklahoma. There are towns of the
name in Alabama and Ohio and a Chickasha in Oklahoma.
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