The Ridge

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018-McKinney-Book-ImagesWThe Ridge, a Cherokee businessman, diplomat and politician from the 1790’s until his assassination in 1839. Known as Major Ridge, this veteran of one of Andrew Jackson’s armies was a leader in modernizing, or civilizing, the Cherokee Nation. He was closely tied to both the main characters of Jacksonland – a friend of Jackson, and an adviser and ally of Principal Chief John Ross. In the end he held the balance of power between the two.

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