Page 406

Yowanne through what is called Yellow Canes (Les Cannes Jaunes), the first Choctaw village in that direction.

Yowanne, however, had trails of its own. There was one or more southwardly to Mobile, branching to the Gulf coast at the mouth of the Pascagoula river, and one or more to the north. The Trading Path to Mobile led down on the west side of the Chickasahay and crossed this stream about six miles below its confluence with the Buckatunna. Perhaps a mile beyond this it crossed obliquely the Chickasahay Trading Path, or Pascagoula Trace, which led from the mouth of Pascagoula river northerly to the shoals and crossing of the Tombigbee at St. Stephens. The Yowanne Trading Path after crossing the Pascagoula Trace ran southeastwardly until it struck a point about a mile west of Citronelle, where it united with the Big Trading Path from the north.5  This latter, or more strickly both paths so joined, crossed the route of the present Mobile & Ohio Railroad on or near the 31st parallel, thence  continued down on the east side of this road, crossed Chickasabogue at its confluence Bogue Homa, or Red creek, and terminated at Mobile. There was another trail which started from that part of Yowanne, which was east of the Chickasahay river, and united with the ing Path at the pine tree mentioned above. The authority for this statement is to be found in the text of the treaty of Hobuckintopa, made August 31, 1803.  Describing the boundary line between the Choctaws and the United States, the preamble states that the line ran “up the channel of the Hatchee Comesa to the’ confluence of the Chickasaw-Hay and Buckhatannee rivers, thence up the channel of the Buckhatannee to Bogue Hooma or

5 Mr. Halbert gives this further account of the Big Trading Path: After leaving the point west of Citronelle, it. trended slightly west of north, crossed the Pascagoula Trace in about the center of township 6, range 4, west, Washington county, and about ten miles beyond coming to a noted pine tree, situated on the left bank of Bogue Homa, a tributary of Buckatunna. This pine tree stood at least within a few hundred yards of the Mississippi line, the exact distance not known. Leaving this pine tree, the path continued northerly up the east side of Buckatunna, passing by Isney in Choctaw county, where it crossed McClary’s Path, thence northward between the Buckatunna and Okatuppa waters to Coosha town, which was situated on Lost Horse Creek in Lauderdale county, about three miles and a half southeast of Old Daleville. I feel pretty sure that the Big Trading Path was the route traveled by Captain Bernard Romans in 1771. It seems very clear also that the Big Trading Path was the basis of the old Tennessee road.” (MS. letter to P. J. H.)


Back to MSGenWeb Native American Articles Menu

Back to MSGenWeb Native American Resource Page

MSGenWeb Home
Member of the USGenWeb Project


MSGenWeb Special Projects - footer

Please contact one of the
MSGenWeb Coordinators  regarding questions, suggestions, 
    or comments about this website. 

MSGenWeb Special Projects Coordinator

Native-American Project Coordinator

Content copyright © 1997-Present by MSGenWeb Team, et al where noted. 
Art and design copyright © 1997-present by MSGenWeb Team. 
All rights reserved.