Look Up, Natchez! A Walking Tour of Natchez, Mississippi
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
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European settlement on these bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River began with the French in 1716. They called their settlement Fort Rosalie but the French never found peace with the Natchez Indians who had built a civilization in the area around ceremonial mounds. The Natchez descended on the French in 1729 and wiped out the French colony, killing 229 men women and children. The French, supported by Indian enemies of the Natchez, systematically destroyed the tribe over the next two years. The Natchez were gone but the French named the town after the vanquished Native Americans.