The creek had to leave a land rich in variety. It stretched from the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains in the north, through a region of low hills and valleys, to a flat area at pine forest in the south, (1814). The chicksaw lived in a land if rich, black prarie soil. They would find the soil west of the mississippi much less suited for farming (1830). The Choctaw were forced to leave behind their home land. For generations they had farmed the rich soil there (1836).