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Vicksburg

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Things to do: historic sites, museums, sightseeing
Vicksburg is a city in and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. It is the seventeenth largest city in Mississippi. It is located 234mi northwest of New Orleans on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers, and 40mi due west of Jackson, the state capital.The city has increased in population since 1900, when 14,834 people lived here. The population was 26,407 at the 2000 census. In 2010, it was designated as the principal city of a Micropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with a total population of 49,644. This MSA includes all of Warren County.HistoryThe area which is now Vicksburg was previously occupied by the Natchez Native Americans as part of their historic territory along the Mississippi. The Natchez spoke a language isolate not related to the Muskogean languages of the other major tribes in the area.The first Europeans who settled the area were French colonists, who built Fort-Saint-Pierre in 1719 on the high bluffs overlooking the Yazoo River at present-day Redwood. On 29 November 1729, the Natchez attacked the fort and plantations in and around the present-day city of Natchez. They killed several hundred settlers, including the Jesuit missionary Father Paul Du Poisson, and carried off a number of women and children as captives. The Natchez War was a disaster for French Louisiana, and the colonial population of the Natchez District never recovered. But, aided by the Choctaw, traditional enemies of the Natchez, the French defeated and scattered the Natchez and their allies, the Yazoo.
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