Written for the general public, Colonial Natchitoches: Outpost of Empires provides a detailed look at the colonial frontier experience at one settlemenet, the Natchitoches Post. First established by the French to trade with the Indians, the Natchitoches Post soon assumed the military function of protecting Lousiana from encrouchment by the Spanish. In time, it grew into an area renowned for its tobacco. This book tells the small stories of life at this outpost― of the daily activities of the inhabitants, of their relationships with the neighboring Spanish, and of the role the post played in the lives of the Native American tribes of the region.
Kathleen M. Byrd is trained as an anthropologist, receiving her Ph.D from the University of Florida. She was state archaeologist for Louisiana for nearly fifteen years before accepting a position as head of the Department of Social Sciences at Natchitoches State University (NSU) in Natchitoches. She has served on the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission, on the boards of serval heritage and preservation organizations, and as university liasion to the National Center for Preservation she lives in Natchitoches area with her husband, Robert W. Neuman, where they raise Appaloosa horses.
6 x 9 Paperback
Published: November 24, 2008
Features: Illustrated, Maps, Bibliography, Index