The Cherokee had a system of government, trade and a religious order. The Cherokee also had a capital city. In the 1700s, the capital of the Cherokee tribe was Echota, which means "a peaceful place." Echota was located in the hills of what is now the state of Tennessee. Like capital cities of today, Echota was central to making laws, developing trade and maintaining peace. Echota was also a sacred city and religious center.
Photo: A Cherokee town consisted of clusters of homes, storage areas, and a "round house." The round house was reserved for council meetings, ceremonies, and community functions.