Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Francis P. Prucha


The treaty with the Creek Indian Nation made in the city of Washington on January 24, 1826, is an important event in the history of United States government-Indian relations, in the history of the state of Georgia, and in the history of the Creek Nation. The period from 1824 to 1828 was truly a time of trouble and hardship for all parties concerned: for Georgia, who was anxious to see her western lands cleared of Indian title; for the Creeks, who were desperately trying to hold on to their ancestral homes; and for the federal government, which was faced with the task of trying simultaneously to satisfy both Georgia and the Indians as well as to protect the common good of the nation. In order to realize the significance of the treaty, an understanding of the events that led up to it is essential.