Gaze into the Past
Natchez has a rich and intricate history that reveals a time long past in the south. Originally home to the Natchez Indians, the French arrived in 1716 as the first European settlers. By the end of the 18th century, the area played host to British, Spanish, and American citizens. Proximity to the Mississippi River made Natchez a shipping town, with a variety of goods passing across the shores. Although cotton was and is a strong trade, timber and other goods have seen a fair amount of travel through these parts. While still a shipping town, today tourism helps boost the local economy.
A Tourist Attraction
Travelers from various paths of the United States make the trek to Natchez to understand what the south once was and is today better. Although home to some of the darkest conflicts during the Civil War and civil rights era, this is a good way to teach others about the history of the United States. The history serves as a reminder of what it took to make the United States the country it is today, in terms of civil rights. The Natchez Pilgrimage tour offers deep insight as does trips to local museums and antebellum properties.
Natchez is home to notable institutes of higher learning. In response to the civil rights difficulties in the area, Alcorn State University was established in 1871 as a place of education for freedmen. Today, the university is an integrated location providing quality education to everyone, with national recognition and accreditation. It produces not only academic standouts but athletic standouts with various alumni moving on to professional sports careers. Copiah-Lincoln Community College is present with other options in surrounding cities. Students have the opportunity to find work as well as low-cost housing in and around Natchez while pursuing their education and career dreams.