The Cherokee Path was once a direct route for traders and trappers Native Americans and then European settlers to exchange merchandise between the backcountry and the Carolina coast. The path stretched from the Cherokee town of Keowee (near Clemson, SC) to the Congaree River. The path then forked north to the Catawba Nation and southeast to Charles Towne (Charleston). The Cherokee Path became increasingly important because of its connection to the developing trade economy in the Carolinas. One merchant, Robert Gouedy, established his trading post at Ninety Six, where he traded goods with the Cherokees.