Lady of Cofitachequi

Lady of Cofitachequi

A South Carolina Native American Folktale

  • Author: Palmer, Kate Salley; Palmer, Jr., James H.
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Serie: Young Palmetto Books
  • ISBN: 9781611179897
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781611179927
  • Place of publication:  South Carolina , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2019
  • Month: August
  • DDC: 398.2 E
  • Language: English

More than 500 years ago, a tribe of Native Americans lived peacefully next to a river in an area called Cofitachequi, near what is now Camden, South Carolina. A kind and generous woman, who was a member of the Otter Clan, ruled this tribe. She became known as the Lady of Cofitachequi. All the people of the tribe and animals in the area loved the Lady.

An adoring otter tells this true historical account of what happened to the Lady and her kin when Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto came looking for gold and silver. De Soto demanded that the tribe hand over precious metals and gems, but all the people had to offer were freshwater pearls and copper. In anger de Soto ordered his army to loot the temples and take all the food. Before leaving, they took the Lady captive and forced her to go with them. Otter watched with tears in his eyes as the Lady was taken away.

Where did the Lady of Cofitachequi go, and would Otter and the people of the town ever see her again?

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