Portrait of Antinanco
|Born|| 1516 |
|Died|| 1558 |
Cahokia, Cahokian Empire
|Title||Great Chief of Mississippia|
|Predecessor||Diwali the Lame|
|Successor||Christophe the Christian|
|Style||His Chiefly Majesty, Great Chief Antinanco the Restorer of the Cahokian Empire|
Antinanco was a powerful leader who reverted the increasingly worrisome trend of Mississippian decline that had developed under his predeccessor, Diwali the Lame.
Antinanco was born under the reign of Tah-Chee in 1516. He was born to a middle-class family of hunters, and from a young age he was regarded as a skilled hunter in the city of Cahokia.
When he was thirteen years old, a challenge was issued to slay an elusive white stag that was reportedly six feet tall. Thousands of men of all ages underwent the challenge, but none could track the stag, let alone kill it. Antinanco managed to outwit the stag by hiding at a watering hole along the river.
After he slayed the great white stag, he became a national hero at an extremely young age. His skill at fighting off minor rebellions under Diwali lifted him even further and, when Diwali died without a strong male heir, the Greant Council elected Antinanco as the leader of the newly declared Cahokian Empire.
The reign of Antinanco was notable for reversing the trend of decline that had begun late into the reign of Tah-Chee and progressed steadily worse under Diwali. Although very little actual growth in terms of territory took place, the cultural consolidation under Antinanco proved invaluable during the reign of his son, Christophe.
The reign of Antinanco also saw the first real contact made by European nations, notably France. The increased trade that this connection brought led to the growth of both population and national wealth.
Antinanco also led the construction of the navy in the Gichigumi (Great Lakes) which would be expanded upon by his son. Farming under Antinanco also grew significantly to feed the larger population and as a result of the new technology learned from the French.
The legacy of Antinanco has been the foundation on which his son, Christophe the Christian, could build upon. Without Antinanco to turn the faltering nation around, the later period of expansion and growth into a regional power would not have taken place.
Furthermore, Antinanco led Cahokia from the official transition from just Cahokia to the Cahokian Empire, which would become the Mississippian Confederation under Christophe.