Horseshoe Bend Commemorative Stomp Dance Portfolio by Amy Morris
On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, March 27th, the National Park Service invited the Muscogee Creeks to the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park to commorate the culminating battle of The Creek War of 1813-1814. This battle saw the defeat of the Red Sticks, who were opposed to American expansion, by Major General Andrew Jackson. Eight-hundred Red Stick warriors were killed at the battle, out of one-thousand that were present. Settlement terms of the Treaty of Fort Jackson in August 1814 forced the Creek Nation to cede 23 million acres of their land - half of central Alabama and part of southern Georgia - to the US government. Around 300 Muscogee Creeks made the journey from their homes in Oklahoma to attend this commemorative event, most visiting the battlefield for the first time in their lives.
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