With Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana George Edward Milne contributes an ambitious and compelling monograph on French and Natchez relations in Louisiana. He examines the development of French and Natchez societies in the Natchez homelands along the Mississippi River from 1682 to 1733. Using a wide variety of archaeological and documentary sources, Milne analyzes how Natchez and French people understood their worlds and each other, and how both peoples pursued their respective political and economic agendas. After they had worked for decades to coexist in Louisiana, in 1729 the Natchez massacred their French neighbors and drove the survivors from their territory. Ultimately Milne’s insightful volume argues that by the late 1720s the Natchez people had come to understand themselves as fundamentally different from and incompatible with their French neighbors, and they relied on a racial...

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