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The Natchez Trace: An Ancient Footpath

Our History Is World History

Spanning 400 miles of Chickasaw homelands, the Chickasaw Trace, now known as the Natchez Trace, would become the artery of the young American republic. As America grew, the trail became an important overland link to the Mississippi Valley and the western frontier, spurring the Chickasaws to grant permission to the U.S. government to turn the trail into a wagon road from Nashville to Natchez. For many Chickasaws, it was a time of prosperity; but even so, the Trace created demand for Chickasaw land.

The Natchez Trace would become the artery of the young American republic.

Our History is World History Videos

Chickasaw history is deeply intertwined with that of the early Americans and European explorers that came before. As Chickasaw citizen and Oklahoma State Representative Lisa Billy explains it, Chickasaw history became world history because the world came to our door.


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