The Natchez revolt was an attack by the Natchez people on French
colonists near present-day Natchez, Mississippi, on November 29, 1729.
The Natchez and French had lived alongside each other in Louisiana for
more than a decade. After a period of deteriorating relations, the
Natchez were provoked to revolt when the French colonial commandant,
Sieur de Chépart, demanded land from a tribal village near Fort Rosalie
(pictured). They plotted an attack over several days and concealed their
plans from most of the French. In an armed massacre on the fort and
homesteads by the Mississippi River, they killed 230 of the 250 French
colonists and burned the fort and homes to the ground. Upon hearing news
of the revolt, French leaders in New Orleans feared a broader Native
American uprising and ordered an attack on the Chaouacha people, who
were not involved in the revolt. Over the next few weeks, French leaders
sent two expeditions to besiege the Natchez and recover hostages. Most
of the Natchez attackers escaped and sought refuge with other tribes,
but their revolt had been a significant setback to the Louisiana colony,
and the French retaliation led to the end of the Natchez as an
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez_revolt>
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