The Natchez Trace: An Ancient Footpath

Discover How the World Came to Our Door

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.

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