"Keeweechic's Natchitoches" Natchitoches by keeweechic
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Natchitoches was originally founded by the French somewhere around 1699 as an outpost on the Red River to trade with the Spanish in Mexico. Trading became successful with area Indians and so a trading post was established at the head of navigation on the Red River near a village of Natchitoches Indians. Natchitoches was established in 1714 and in 1803 the United States purchased the French province of Louisiana which stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. People soon settled in large numbers in the Natchitoches area and several plantations were built along the river. In time, the river changed its course and bypassed Natchitoches. What was once known as the Red River is now Cane River Lake, a 30 mile body of water that runs from the City's downtown historic district through Plantation country.
Dotted around the parish are 18th and 19th century structures with some dating back as far as the American Revolution when Natchitoches was occupied by the Union army during the Civil War. Northwestern State Univ. of Louisiana and a U.S. fish hatchery are also there. Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the largest town in the parish and is the oldest continually occupied settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase Territory. It is actually older than New Orleans and was chosen as the location for the motion pictures 'Steel Magnolias', 'The Horse Soldiers' and 'Man in the Moon'.
They say that Natchitoches is all y'alls and sugars and big loving families with big wrap around porches.
Front Street is a pretty street running right along the river. There are some great shops along here as well as a hotel... more travel advice
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