Excerpt from The Story of Georgia for Georgia Boys and Girls If we travel all over this great state of ours, we shall see cities, towns, villages, and cultivated farm lands. The rivers and streams turn the wheels of busy mills, and there are signs of life everywhere. But it was t always like this. Years ago, before white people settled in this country, and even long after, dense forests covered the mountains, hillsides, and valleys, and the level lands in the south. Numerous tribes of Indians lived under the tall trees and on the banks of the streams. The most powerful of these tribes were the Cherokees, who occupied the rthern part of the state among the mountains, and the Creeks, who lived farther to the south. They were a tall, straight, and strong people, generous and good-natured. They were brave in battle, kind to strangers, and never forgetful of a favor, though very resentful when injured. They loved their people and their homes, and were especially kind to the aged. It was their belief that a person gained more wisdom the longer he lived, and they greatly reverenced a wise man. One of the first lessons which the little Indian boy learned was that of respect for old age. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.