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Natchez, Mississippi

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville established Natchez as Fort Rosalie in 1716; in 1729 the establishment survived a massacre by the Natchez Indians, later taking the name of Natchez. Natchez passed from France to England at the end of the French and Indian War, then was captured by a Spanish expedition in 1779. The United States took possession of Natchez in 1798, making it the first capital of the Mississippi Territory. In the early 1800s, Natchez was a retreat for many well-known millionaires and was considered the second-wealthiest city in the United States, following New York City.

Natchez was spared destruction during the Civil War due to a peaceful surrender to Union troops, and currently has more antebellum dwellings than any other American city, including more than 1,000 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In particular, Melrose Mansion, a part of the Natchez National Historical Park, is definitely worth touring. Melrose was not a plantation, but a town home, built in the 1840s. Natchez recovered from a post-Civil War decline to become one of Mississippi’s leading industrial centers. The basis of the economy includes lumber, petroleum, natural gas, wood pulp, tourism, and tire manufacturing.

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