Mississippi Negroes in Rural Madison County A Study of the Social Services Rendered by the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, 1943–1962
Background of the Study. The territory which makes up the State of Mississippi was known to Europeans before any of them had the courage to venture forth into this mysterious region. The tattered and worn army of DeSoto discovered the territory in 1540, but forsook it after the death of their beloved leader. They had not the courage and stamina of DeSoto and feared to penetrate farther into this area inhabited by the Choctaw and Natchez Indians. In 1642, La Salle claimed the territory for France. However, it was in 1699 that the brothers Lemoyne succeeded in establishing a small settlement near the present town of ocean Springs, on the eastern shore of the Bay of Biloxi. From the seventeenth century until 1817 when Mississippi was admitted as the twentieth state, it had a colorful colonization. The derivation and meaning of the word Mississippi is traced to the Choctaw Indians from "Meact Chassipo", meaning the "Ancient Father of Waters". Spanish, French and British flags flew over its boundaries.
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Hillow, Sister Francis Regis, "Mississippi Negroes in Rural Madison County A Study of the Social Services Rendered by the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, 1943–1962" (1963). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670811.