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NAMING PLACE: BATON ROUGE (LOUISIANA)

THE CREEK INDIANS IN DECIDING WHO WANTED WAR OR
PEACE, THREW A RED STICK (BATON ROUGE) IN A
POWWOW CIRCLE. WAR WON OUT. AS A RESULT OF THE
WAR, THE CREEKS WERE CHASED OUT OF LOUISIANA. FOR
RETALIATION, THE CREEKS SLAUGHTERED SOME PEOPLE
IN FORT MIMS, ALABAMA IN 1814. ANDREW JACKSON
STARTED FIGHTING THESE INDIANS AND, AS A RESULT,
CAME INTO NATIONAL PROMINENCE AS A HERO.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans ; ON A TRIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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