Wednesday, January 27, 2010

American Indians in St. Charles Parish, LA

Before the first European settlers there were several groups of natives living in St. Charles. Early explorers came in contact with natives and left records of their encounters. When LaSalle came to this area in 1682 he found a Quinipissa village near present day Hahnville. These Quinipissa merged with the Bayougoula. In May 1700,the Bayougoula killed most of the remaining Quinipissa. They may have allowed the women and children to live and become members of the stronger tribe.
Near Des Allemands were the Washa and Houmas. The Washa village was setteled on Bayou Lafourche about 1699 and moved to Des Allemands in the early 1700s. A Choctaw village was located between Boutte and Paradis.

For more information see "A History of St. Charles Parish", by Henry E."Gene" Yoes "III.

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