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Natchez

[nach-iz] /ˈnætʃ ɪz/
noun, plural Natchez for 2.
1.
a port in SW Mississippi, on the Mississippi River.
2.
a member of an extinct Muskhogean Indian tribe once living on the lower Mississippi River.
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Word Origin and History for Natchez

Indian people of the lower Mississippi valley, of unknown origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for Natchez

North American Indian tribe of the Macro-Algonquian linguistic phylum that inhabited the east side of the lower Mississippi River. When French colonizers first interacted with the Natchez in the early 18th century, the tribal population comprised about 6,000 individuals living in nine villages between the Yazoo and Pearl rivers near the site of the present-day city of Natchez, Miss

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