The Historic New Orleans Collection, Chevalier de Pradel Papers on loan from the Harvey Trust, f.10

Transcribing the Founding of New Orleans



Notre document est une lettre. Il a été écrit à la Nouvelle Orléans le 22 mars au 18e siècle. Ça parle d’un explorateur en Louisiane et son exploration. Il rencontrait des Amérindiens qu’il appelait des sauvages. Les sauvages étaient décrits comme très violents et cruels. Ils arrachaient les enfants du ventre des femmes et brûlaient les femmes qui survivaient. Leur tribu était appelée les Natchez.

En premier, l’homme écrivait à son frère et parle de comment les Natchez ont tué plus de 300 Francais. Puis les Natchez ont déclaré la guerre. Ensuite, ça parle des choses violentes que les sauvages ont faites, et comment ils ont tué beaucoup de personnes. Puis il parle de la guerre, et des alliés Chactas.

En 1729, dans la guerre des Natchez, plus de 200 soldats français et civils ont été tués.

Ce document est important car ça montre la perspective d’un homme qui vivait dans un temps très important dans l’histoire.

 

Our document is a letter. It was written in New Orleans on March 22 in the 18th century. It talks about an explorer in Louisiana and his adventure. He encountered Amerindians that he called savages. The savages were described as violent and cruel. They tore children from woman’s stomachs and burned the woman who survived. Their tribe was called the Natchez.

First, the man wrote to his brother and talks about how the Natchez cut the throats of more than 300 French people. Then the Natchez  declared war. Next, it talks about the violent things the savages did, and how they killed many people. Then it talks about the war, and the French’s allies, the Chactas.

The Natchez war was an attack by the Natchez people on French colonists near Natchez, Mississippi on November 29 1729. The war started because a french colonial, Monsieur de Chépart, demanded land from Natchez village. The Natchez killed almost all of the Frenchmen, while sparing most of the women and African slaves. About 230 colonists were killed, and the forts and homes were burned to the ground. The French heard of an uprising by the Indians and attacked many Indian villages, wiping the entire population The Natchez were beaten by the French. The survivors ran away and separated.

This document is important because it shows the perspective of a man who lived in an important time in history.