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In Their Own Words

February 05, 1797

Hawkins Described Pristine Creek

Traveling through Creek Indian territory, Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins described a pristine creek in what is now southwestern Georgia:

“… Okauhutkee [okau, Choctaw for water] is entirely watered from springs, and from being clear and transparent is called hutkee or white; it enters Flint River about 3 miles above Mr. Barnard’s. It is remarkable for being always full of water at all season, and for having great quantities of Rockfish at its mouth during the summer season; they are there to be seen in great numbers, being during the day, and it is conjectured they ascend the creek in the evening and return again to this place by the morning. The water being clear they are shy, and to take them with a hook, it is necessary to have a long line and fix it to float down the river, near them, in this way they are often taken… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. IX, Letters of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796-1806 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1916), p. 73.