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What Native American tribes lived in the New Orleans area?

Several Native American tribes lived in the New Orleans area before European settlement. Some of the tribes that lived in the area include:

  • The Houma Nation: This group of tribes, which included the Tchoupitoulas, lived in present-day Louisiana. They were known for their hunting and fishing skills and were an important part of the local economy.

  • The Choctaw: This tribe, which originally lived in what is now Mississippi and Alabama, was forcibly relocated to Louisiana during the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

  • The Chitimacha: This tribe lived in present-day Louisiana and were known for their intricate basket weaving and their use of the Atchafalaya Basin for fishing and hunting.

  • The Natchez: This tribe originally lived in present-day Mississippi and were known for their complex social and religious systems. They were also forcibly removed to Louisiana during the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

  • The Atakapa: This tribe originally lived in present-day Louisiana, Texas, and parts of Mexico and were known for their hunting and fishing skills, as well as their use of the Gulf of Mexico for food and trade.

It's worth noting that the area that is now New Orleans was home to many other tribes as well, these are just some examples of the tribes that lived in the area. Over time, these tribes were forced to move or assimilated into other cultures as the European settlers took over the land.

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