Talk:Great Indian Warpath

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James Mooney, John Ramsey, and C.C. Royce, the acknowleged early experts on social scientific study of Native American Indians all referred to this aboriginal "highway" as the Great Indian Warpath. John R. Swanton, who did likewise, also produced a map of the major Indian trails in the eastern U.S. which also clearly shows the GIW and the "Warriors' Path" to be completely separate and indeed perpendicular entities.

The sources of information about the route of the GIW from Guntersville to the Overhill country are numerous old maps of the locale from the nineteenth century, local historical accounts, and knowledge of the physical geography of the area.

If I get a chance I'll make an overview map. Already have a decent base map that could be used for it. Could try to put several trails on it. If I find the time anyway. I like historical geography. Pfly 22:39, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

I'd love to see a map on the main article page and would gratly appreciate your taking the time to prep and share it with us. Thank you! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 4.224.9.124 (talk) 01:21, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Yes, this article needs lots of work, although I am no expert. One problem I see is the confusion between main and branch trails in the mid-Atlantic area. The other I see is confusion between trails--I believe the Great Wagon Road is along what had been one main line Indian trail which ultimately lead into the Ohio River valley/Northwest Territory, and there was another to the east of the Appalachian Valley, which might be this trail. I understand that Susquehannock invaded the Virginia Tidewater after coming down the Susquehanna and the Shenandoah valley, and one major north/south trail crossed the Potomac River near Frederick, Maryland and Point of Rocks. However, I believe the raids suffered by the Lenape and Piscataway on the Delmarva Peninsula came down the Delaware bay (presumably the valleys of the Delaware or Schuylkill Rivers), rather than the Chesapeake bay (valleys of the Potomac, Rappahannock, James or York Rivers). I'm particularly frustrated because a couple of weeks ago, I saw a great map of Indian trails in the Tidewater, including one between Virginia and North Carolina crossing near the Jamestown ferry and later used by the Underground Railroad, but I can't seem to find it again.Jweaver28 (talk) 21:02, 30 November 2013 (UTC)