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The Three Musketeers of Colonial Natchez  

Apr/25/2013 - Apr/25/2013
Location: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Joseph V. “Smokye” Frank entitled “The Three Musketeers of Natchez: Broutin, de Montigny, and du Pratz” in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Admission is free and seating is limited.

Frank has been involved in Natchez-area archaeology for over fifty years. He was part of the archaeological team that conducted the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s landmark excavations at the Grand Village in 1962. In addition to his long experience in the Natchez area, Frank has participated in archaeological excavations in several Louisiana parishes. He frequently consults with archaeologists from the National Park Service, the University of Alabama, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The three men highlighted in Frank’s program lived in the French colony at Natchez during the 1720s. Ignace Broutin, commander of Fort Rosalie during 1724-1725, produced the first accurate maps of French Louisiana. His 1723 map of the Natchez area is comparable to a modern topographic map. Jean-François Benjamin Dumont de Montigny was a French officer stationed at Fort Rosalie. An English edition of his Louisiana memoirs is available at the Grand Village museum shop. Of the three Frenchmen, Le Page du Pratz is perhaps the most familiar to local people. His book, History of Louisiana, contains classic drawings and descriptions of Natchez Indians and area wildlife. Frank will show and discuss a number of maps and drawings by these early Natchez residents.

We urge everyone to come and bring a friend (or two). This will be an informative and entertaining program. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
Phone: 601-446-6502

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