The Natchez are Native American people who originally lived in the Natchez Bluffs area near the present-day city of Natchez, Mississippi. Archaeological evidence states that the Natchez people lived in the Natchez Bluffs region since as long ago as 700 A.D. The Natchez Indians were among the last American Indian groups to inhabit the area now known as southwestern Mississippi. Only after several disputes with the French were the Natchez dispersed.
The French began exploring the lower Mississippi River in the late 17th century. In 1682 Rene Robert Cavelier, and Sieur de La Salle led an expedition down the Mississippi River. The Natchez warriors met those men with a hostile force and forced them away. Not long after this