"No Indians lived in what was to be Wilson County when the white settlers came. Perhaps none of the then extant (existing) tribes had ever lived here, though there were well-worn Indian trails and at least one semi-permanent camp where women and children as well as warriors and hunters found shelter. ....Wilson County was not peculiar in the manner of non-occupancy when the white people came. The same is true practically of the whole region composed of the great loop of the Tennessee River - Central Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama. All of this land had been set up as a hunting preserve by the Iroquois confederacy, the Six Nations of the Great Lakes region. The Cherokees-more closely related to the Iroquois than to the Mobilian tribes around them-were entrussed by the Six Nations with the task of patrolling the preserve and getting rid of trespassers....two tribes lived here at different times, but made no mark of them is known to exist in the county.... First there were the Natchez....The Shawnees had a large city at Nashville ....They were expelled in 1714....for almost a straight century no other intruders gained a foothold." (pages 11-12)
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