Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana by George MilneNatchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana by George Milne

Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana

byGeorge Milne

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At the dawn of the 1700s the Natchez viewed the first Francophones in the Lower Mississippi Valley as potential inductees to their chiefdom. This mistaken perception lulled them into permitting these outsiders to settle among them. Within two decades conditions in Natchez Country had taken a turn for the worse. The trickle of wayfarers had given way to a torrent of colonists (and their enslaved Africans) who refused to recognize the Natchez’s hierarchy. These newcomers threatened to seize key authority-generating features of Natchez Country: mounds, a plaza, and a temple. This threat inspired these Indians to turn to a recent import—racial categories—to reestablish social order. They began to call themselves ?red men? to reunite their polity and to distance themselves from the ?blacks? and ?whites? into which their neighbors divided themselves. After refashioning their identity, they launched an attack that destroyed the nearby colonial settlements. Their 1729 assault began a two-year war that resulted in the death or enslavement of most of the Natchez people.

In Natchez Country, George Edward Milne provides the most comprehensive history of the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Natchez to date. From La Salle’s first encounter with what would become Louisiana to the ultimate dispersal of the Natchez by the close of the 1730s, Milne also analyzes the ways in which French attitudes about race and slavery influenced native North American Indians in the vicinity of French colonial settlements on the Mississippi River and how Native Americans in turn adopted and resisted colonial ideology.

GEORGE EDWARD MILNE is associate professor of early American history at Oakland University.
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Title:Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French LouisianaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820347507

ISBN - 13:9780820347509

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Milne’s deep contextualization of competing spatial understandings in the Natchez country is powerful, and his move to connect these themes to his larger history of racial formation is quite creative. In addition, the book is nicely written, making even the most theoretical aspects of the argument clear and easy to follow. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Natchez, the events of 1729, and the history of race in early America. - Robert Michael Morrissey - American Historical Review