Native American History: 9000 BC to AD 1699
Forest products were especially important to the Native Americans of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. These trees were hollowed out to make canoes and used to build a shelter. Also, the forests allowed the native tribes to craft tools for fishing, weapons for hunting, and religious items for worship. In February 1699 the explorer Pierre Le Myne, Sieur d’ Iberville encountered the Pascagoula and Biloxi natives crossing the Mississippi Sound in dugout canoes. The tribes were coming from one of the barrier islands. The European explorers chased the tribes inland, where they fled. It was at this point that the Europeans began colonizing Mississippi’s coastal regions..