The French Leader Bienville

Richard Green

The French explorer who later became the Governor of French Louisiana, Bienville, was the highest-ranking European who learned the Chickasaw (and similar Choctaw) language – believing it would facilitate trade relations. The Governor of the British colony Carolina sent emissaries instead.


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