Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Coushatta Trace

The Coushatta Trace was one of the two most important gateways for Americans coming to Texas from the 1820’s to the 1840’s.   It was a road initially laid out by the Coushattas from their village on the east bank of the Sabine River in 1780 to the Spanish trading centers of Nacogdoches and La Bahia.    The Coushattas and their cousins the Alabamas moved into Texas around 1805, settling on and between the  middle reaches of the Neches and Trinity Rivers.  Soon they had created a network of trails leading between their villages and the trading posts.  American immigrants selected their lands in Texas and settled along these roads.  
This article draws together the  fascinating history of the Coushatta tribe, and their trails in Texas.  Maps are included that show both the Indian villages as well as they trails they created.  
Click on the following link to read about the Coushatta Trace.

The Coushatta Trace



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