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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$
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Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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. Pre-European History

. Pre-European History

(p.11) 2. Pre-European History
The Lakes of Pontchartrain

Robert W. Hastings

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the early history of the Pontchartrain basin. Before the arrival of French explorers in 1699, Native Americans have been inhabiting the area for thousands of years. The earliest human occupation of Louisiana (the Paleo-Indian Period) dates back to about 10,000 bc, and people were present in the Lake Pontchartrain basin by about 1800 bc. In the Historic Period beginning in 1700, the margins of the area north of Lake Pontchartrain were occupied by seven tribes known collectively as the Muskogeans. These included the Bayogoula, Mugulasha, Quinipissa, Houma, and Okelousa along the Mississippi River and the Acolapissa (Colapissa) and Tangipahoa along the lower Pearl River and north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Keywords:   Native Americans, Muskogeans, Bayogoula, Mugulasha, Quinipissa, Houma, Okelousa, Acolapissa, Tangipahoa, Mississippi River

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