Natchez Indians

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Linquistice group: Muskogean

Original homeland: Southwestern Mississippi along the Mississippi River


Early encounter with explorers 1543 Hernando de Soto, and in 1682 visit from Sieur de La Salle brought missionaries and fur traders.

Relationship was established with the French which later became a conflict when the Nachez Revolt was caused by the French governor, Chopart desire to acquire their principal village as a plantation.  The Nachez massacre of the French at Fort Rosalie.  The French joined forces with the Choctaw and the retaliation resulted in the Natchez leaving their villages in 1730 and dispersing among the Chickasaw, Creek, Catawba and Cherokee.

In the 1830's they removed with their host tribes to Indian Territory

On Line history

Brief Time Line

  • 1713: The French establish a trading post
  • 1716: Fort Rosalie established later becoming the center of the Nachez Revolt
  • 1716, 1722, 1729:  the tribe was at war with the French
  • 1718: European colonistst negotiated for land - for large plantations
  • 1729 - 1731: Nachez Revolt; The French forced about 400 Natchez to surrender; killing some and sending others to Santo Domingo as slaves. Other tribal survivors joined the Chickasaw, Creek, Catawba, and Cherokee
  • 1730: French and Chactaw joined forces aginst the Natchez,  
  • 1832: Removed with their host tribes to Indian Territory
  • Assimilated into their host Tribes and lost their identity.