Essay about The Mississippi River

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Mississippi officially became a state in December of 1917; however it had been explored for many years prior. The first settlers in Mississippi were Native Americans. Some of the more popular tribes in Mississippi were the Natchez, Choctaws, and Chickasaws; however, the white settlers moving in did not approve of the Indians. (Lecture Notes 9/2) It was said, “The province of Louisiana will never be tranquil until the Chickasaws have been destroyed or until they have been obliged to go and settle outside the lands of the province.”(Etienne De Périer, 31.) From 1673 until 1763 the future state of Mississippi was part of the French colony of Louisiana. Men such as Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet were explorers in Mississippi. These two in particular were looking for a water route to the Mississippi River. Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville was the first European to settle in what is now present day Mississippi. (Lecture Notes 9/2) At that time Mississippi was spelled Myssysypy and the Indians referred to the area as Malbanchy. (Iberville’s Explorations, 10.) According to the map, he settled somewhere along the coast near present day Biloxi. (Lecture Notes 9/2)
In 1754 the French and Indian War took place. This was a war fought between New France and British America. The war finally ended in 1763 and the British established the Proclamation of 1763 which forbid settlers from settling past a certain line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains. (Lecture Notes 9/4) The American…

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