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This Day in Georgia History

November 03, 1804

Hawkins Negotiated Creek Treaty

In his capacity as U.S. Indian Agent, Benjamin Hawkins negotiated a treaty with Creek chiefs at his Indian Agency on the Flint River. In the treaty, the Creeks ceded the land between the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers northward to High Shoals on the Apalachee River. In return, the U.S. would place $200,000 in trust at 6 percent interest, with the principal held in trust and the interest distributed semi-annually to the Creeks. However, the U.S. Senate objected to the amount of money the U.S. was committed to pay, and thus refused to ratify the treaty.

To view a publication on Benjamin Hawkins, see the Digital Library of Georgia.