The areas along the rivers in the Southeast had been inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples for 13,000 years before Europeans arrived.
Macon developed at the site of Fort Benjamin Hawkins, built from 1806–1809 at the fall line of the Ocmulgee River to protect the community and to establish a trading post with Native Americans.
The city thrived due to its location on the Ocmulgee River, which enabled shipping to markets.
Cotton became the mainstay of Macon's early economy, based on the enslaved labor of African Americans.
The city planners envisioned "a city within a park" and created a city of spacious streets and parks.
They designated 250 acres (1.0 km) for Central City Park, and passed ordinances requiring residents to plant shade trees in their front yards.
Their predecessors, the Mississippian culture, built a powerful chiefdom (950–1100 AD) based on an agricultural village and constructed earthwork mounds for ceremonial, burial, and religious purposes.The fort was named in honor of Benjamin Hawkins, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Southeast territory south of the Ohio River for more than two decades.He lived among the Creek and was married to a Creek woman.School attendance boundaries are constantly changing and may contain errors.
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This was the most inland point of navigation on the river from the Low Country.