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Coastal Mississippi History | Museums & Historical Sites


There is a great deal of history associated with the coastal Mississippi, and it all started in the 1800’s. It consists of people from varying parts of the world leaving their mark in some way along the way. First it was home to the Biloxi Indians, and then it was home to the French. It has a great mix of different points in history, and is as good a mix as a good gumbo would be, it’s worth a visit.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Mississippi Gulf Coast, first home to the Biloxi Indians and later to d’Iberville’s French, changed hands countless times over the centuries.
  • Located on West Ship Island, Fort Massachusetts was one of the last masonry coastal fortifications built in the United States.
  • Then be sure to stop by Beauvoir, the retirement estate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, an exceptional example of the antebellum and Victorian homes that once graced the Coast.

“It was then on April 8, 1699, d’Iberville selected the site of present-day Ocean Springs to build Fort Maurepas for the first settlement by the French for Colonial Louisiana.”

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