Conﬂict with the French
War with the French forced the Natchez Indians to abandon the Grand Village and their other settlements. The war arose from disputes between the Indians and the French over debts and land ownership. In 1729, the Natchez abruptly switched their allegiance from the French to the English and attacked the neighboring French colony.
In early 1730, the French and their Indian allies took over the Grand Village. Some of the Natchez Indians temporarily occupied two nearby forts and resisted the attackers. A French map of the area shows the two Natchez forts (upper left on either side of St. Catherine Creek) and a siege trench (center of map) dug by the French as an approach to the Natchez forts. The Grand Village mounds are shown at lower left.
In an attempt to locate the French siege trench and other buried features at the site, archaeologists employ a variety of techniques that cause minimal disturbance. Soil conductivity, how an electrical charge travels below ground, can sometimes reveal traces of past activity. Studying the site's magnetic properties is another method used to find buried features. Drilling to remove small soil core samples can help confirm the conductivity and magnetic survey results.
Location. 31° 31.372′ N, 91° 22.798′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Road to Fort Rosalie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Plaza (about 500 feet away); St. Catherine Creek (about 600 feet away); Ceremonial Center (about 700 feet away); Grand Village of the Natchez Indians (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Seargent S. Prentiss (approx. 1½ miles away); Judith Sargent Murray (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Grand Village of the Natchez Historical site.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2017.