Native American Tribes Nations and Confederacies: Natchez

The Natchez are a Native American people who originally live in the Natchez Bluffs area, near the present-day city of Natchez, Mississippi. They spoke a language that has no known close relatives, despite the opinion that it may be distantly linked to the Muskogean languages of the Creek Confederacy. The Natchez are noted for having had an unusual social system of nobility classes and exogamous marriage practices.

Around 1730, after several wars with the French, the Natchez were defeated and dispersed. Most survivors were sold into slavery in the West Indies, others took refuge with separate tribes, such as the Creek. Today most Natchez families are found in Oklahoma, while two Natchez communities are recognized by the state of South Carolina.

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