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French on Shifting GroundCultural and Coastal Erosion in South Louisiana$
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Nathalie Dajko

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830647

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830647.001.0001

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The Land and Its People

The Land and Its People

Description of the Lower Lafourche Basin

(p.18) Chapter 2 The Land and Its People
French on Shifting Ground

Nathalie Dajko

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter provides an overview of the geography and settlement history of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, beginning with the presence of indigenous peoples at the time of French colonization, continuing through the French, Spanish, and American historic periods, and ending with the modern distribution of ethnic groups on the landscape. It includes a history of the modern indigenous population, who identify as either Houma or one of several other groups: the Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe or one of two branches of the Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, and provides an account of the arrival of Francophone Europeans, including Acadians, to the Lafourche Basin. It also considers the implications that slavery had for both historic and modern demographics. Finally, it describes the modern settlement patterns, the means by which people make a living, and the distribution of ethnic groups in the area.

Keywords:   Houma, Pointe au Chien Indian Tribe, Biloxi Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, Lafourche, Terrebonne

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