March 26, 1682: The La Salle expedition encounters Natchez Indians for first time

The Natchez Indians inhabited what is now southwest Mississippi ca. AD 700-1730. Between 1682 and 1729 the Grand Village was their main ceremonial center. Following La Salle’s meeting of the Natchez Indians, French and English explorers, priests, and military personnel made frequent visits to the Natchez area.

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