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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription Explanatory Notes to Simms's Tales of the South

Masahiro Nakamura
Aichi, Japan

These notes are intended to identify persons, places, events, and quotations
in the text of Simms's Tales of the South The tales I chose for my Japanese
translation are "Logoochie,""Grayling,""The Two Camps,""The
Arm-Chair of Tusten, .uggee,""Oakatibbe" and "Sharp Snaffles."
Page references are to Simms, Tales of the South, ed. Mary Ann Wimsatt
(Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996). I would like to
acknowledge Professor Kibler of the University of Georgia for providing
valuable suggestions and comments, during my stay there in spring 2002.
Professor Nakamura invites additions, emendations, or suggestions. You can
contact him through The Simms Review.


58.19 "Okephanokee": Located in southeastern Georgia, this great bog was
called by the Indians Ecunfinocau, meaning "Quivering Earth".

59.9 "Satilla, the Mercury of the Southern Indians": "Satilla" comes from
Saint Illa, the name of an officer of the Spanish Army, which was later
shortened and corrupted to Satilla. The Satilla River, about 220 miles long, of
southeast Georgia, is a typical "black water" river.

60.22 "Chatahoochee": The Chatahoochee River, whose name is derived
from Creek Indian words meaning "marked or flowered stone", flows 436
miles from the Blue Ridge Province to its confluence with the Flint River in
Georgia's southwest corner to form the Apalachicola River.

67.20.-21 "the York shilling, the Pennsylvania levy, the Georgia thrip, the
picayune of Louisiana, the Carolina four pence": A York shilling, or "eleven-
penny bit," was commonly used in colonial New York and Pennsylvania. A
levy (shortening of eleven pence) was equal to a Spanish real or its equivalent
The thirp (short for three pence) was "the smallest silver coin known in the
southern currency---the five cent issue excepted" (Simms, Guy Rivers,
Chapter 27).

78.25-6 "it [Okephanokee] is so dangerous, for some of the Seminoles are
there!": Some Seminoles, who split off from the Creek nation, used the dense
swamp as a place of refuge.