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New Echota

The Last Capitol of the Cherokee Nation


November 12, 1825 - The Cherokee Council adopted a resolution to make New Echota the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

1825 - 1838 - New Echota was the political headquarters for the Indian Nation.

New Echota was the final capital of the remnants of the Indian Nation that had at one time covered all of northern Georgia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northwestern Alabama.

It was at New Echota that the Cherokee developed a written form of their native language. They developed a national press and began printing the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper in both Cherokee and English.

It was from New Echota that the Cherokee were removed westward on the Trial of Tears in 1838-1839. Understanding the history of New Echota helps us understand the series of events that lead to the Trail of Tears.

The story of New Echota is a story of triumph and tragedy. It's well worth reading. I've included links at the bottom of this page that will take you to web sites about New Echota if you are interested in learning more about it.


New Echota State Historic Site
1211 Chatsworth Hwy, NE
Calhoun, Georgia 30701 USA
(706) 629-8151




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