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Old Hop - Chief Kanagatooga

Old Hop - Chief Kanagatooga

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Chief Kanagatooga "Old Hop" "Standing Turkey" Moytoy
 Son of Amatoy MoytoyKanagatoga, Fire King of Chota. He was also known as Canacayghte,Canoreortuker, Connecorte, Emperor of Chota, Standing Turkey and Uku of Chota. He removed the English appointed rulership over the Cherokee nation, and brought all four settlement areas under Chota in 1753-1754.Moew people were dying of disease introduced by immigrants than by any other cause, and half the population was decimated by diseases such as smallpox andmeasles...This was during the time when England was colonizing Virginia andCarolina commonwealths, in competition with the French, and before the coloniesseparated from England.The British called him "Old Hop" because he limped. Old Hop had been crippledwhen a youth on the warpath."Old Hop was advanced in age when he was chosen as Moytoy's successor. Thereare numerous references in the correspondence of the time indicating him as anold man. Governor Lyttleton wrote him in 1756: 'As I hear you are old and unableto walk to Charles Town, though I very much wish for it, I cannot expect to seeyou.'"He had a slave or adopted son named FRENCH JOHN. He was from theOverhills, 1753-1757. He served as the chief agent of the French from FortToulouse (Alabama) to Chota.Uncle to Attakullakulla "Little Carpenter" who he used as a Peace Chief andspokesman.Doublehead was his brother (a chief who served under Dragging Canoe with JohnWatts, commanded the expedition against Knoxville in 1793 and was killed byMajor Ridge)Old Hop died shortly before the end of the Cherokee-English war of 1760-1761.Little Carpenter announced his death to the council as noted in "Old Frontiers", page 115: "Our Headman, Old Hop, is gone to sleep, and the Standing Turkey iscome into his room, but he has little to say, being just come to the government.The other chiefs present will remember how strongly Old Hop recommended tothe nation to live in peace and friendship with the white people."(Note: The Standing Turkey referred to in this paragraph is the nephew of Old Hop.)From Old Frontiers, pg 46: "Old Hop had a nephew, also named Standing Turkey, anactive warrior who at his uncle's death served a short time as his successor. It was theyounger Standing Turkey who conducted a four day assault upon Fort Loudoun in 1760,

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