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In Their Own Words

November 08, 1797

Dispensation of Money Detailed

As part of the treaty ceding lands to the United States, the Creek Indians were given an annual stipend of cash. In his entry for November 8, U.S. Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins detailed how part of the stipend was to be distributed; the first number indicates the mileage from Coweta, the main Creek town:

“The towns recommended by the chiefs at the Coweta meeting … as entitled to half the annual stipend of the Creeks: 1, Coweta - $250 21/2, 2, Tallauhassee - $150 5, 3, Cusseta - $250 13, 4, Uchee; Agent, Uchee Will - $100 21, 5, Ooseuchee; Opoi Haujo - $100 21, 6, Cheauhau - $100 25, 7, Hitchetee - $100… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. IX, Letters of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796-1806 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1916), p. 220.