Ocmulgee Program Looks at Early Trading Post

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Updated: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:41:22 EST

In observation of archeology month, a program on the British trading post will be presented at the Ocmulgee National Monument.

The program, by Jim Branan of the park staff, will be presented Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

Weather permitting, Branan will speak at the site of the first trading post in central Georgia, located on the grounds of Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. It will be inside the Visitor Center if raining.

Visitors will  learn of the Spanish, English, and Creek Indian trade and conflict in the colonial southeast before the establishment of Georgia.

The stockade post was in use from around 1690 until 1715 and provided European goods desired by the Indians and deerskins needed by the traders. People will be able to visualize the park without railroads, highways, and the city. Change came to the Indian culture with the new economy of trade with outsiders.

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