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Long Island of Holston

Long Island of Holston

LONG ISLAND OF HOLSTON. Located on the South Branch of the Holston River at Kingsport, Tennessee, this Long Island figures in the earliest maps of the "over mountain" settlements. The island was an ancient Cherokee meeting ground and was the site of several treaty signings, One such significant treaty signing brought an end to the Cherokee War of 1776. In that year, Cherokee Chief Dragging Canoe was defeated by American militia at the battle of Long Island Flats. Because of the name of the battle, some sources place the conflict on Long Island itself, whereas, in fact, the Long Island Flats were located across the river, in modern Kingsport. The treaty ending the conflict with the Cherokee, however, was signed on Long Island in 1777.

SEE ALSO Cherokee War of 1776.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

King, Duane H. "Long Island of the Holston: Sacred Cherokee Ground." Journal of Cherokee Studies 1, no. 2 (1976): 112-127.

                                revised by Barnet Schecter

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