On Jan. 29, 1731, Natchez tribesmen succumbed to French forces causing the final scattering of the tribe. From the time that the French first encountered the Natchez with René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s expedition in 1682, both parties displayed pompous attitudes, experienced real and perceived insults, and engaged in murderous retaliations. An early Louisiana governor slighted a Natchez chief by not visiting when passing through tribal lands. French fur traders were murdered at the hands of the Natchez. The murder of a high-ranking Natchez chief was ordered by a Louisiana governor to restore peace. Insults, accusations, and killings … Continue reading →

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And then what happened?

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Molly Manson

This week in Louisiana's history, the Battle of Fort St. Philip was fought.

In a very un-scientific survey conducted by your truly, few people have even heard of Fort St. Philip – much less the battle that happened there after the famous Battle of New Orleans that catapulted Andrew Jackson to fame in the War of 1812.

Here's a writing topic: What event in your life or in the news happened that went un-noticed, but had a great impact later on?

Louisiana Kids Marathon

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Molly Manson

WHO: Everyone!

WHAT: The Advocate invites all students, ages 3-12, to participate in The Louisiana Kids Marathon (1.2 mile) or all students, any age, to participate in the Louisiana 5K.

WHY: To have fun and have a chance to win one of two $500 awards which will be given to the school with the most kids participating and the school with the greatest percentage of students participating. Second-placed schools will receive $250.

WHERE: Downtown Baton Rouge

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

HOW: Sign up online or print out the attached registration form and mail in with your entry fee.

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