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The erasure of these communities was occasioned in 1961 by the federal government's decision to locate the Stennis space facility in this area, requiring that all buildings within a large area be leveled.
It is perhaps in the very nonexistence of these once vital communities wherein their fascination lies.
That edge of Hancock County, Mississippi, which borders Louisiana at the mid-point of the Pearl River, is in many ways now nondescript, quiet and forlorn bereft of whatever culture evolved there over the ages.
In truth, very little of what meets the eye is indicative of what came before.
Next, we shall give equal credit by combining into one our thanks to the Hancock County Historical Society, Hill Memorial Library of Louisiana State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, all of which have been necessary – and therefore essential – to this study. The East Pearl River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, or it almost does.
There is ample evidence along the east bank of the Pearl that Native Americans favored the place from earliest times.
The land was there during the time of the Paleo-Indian big game hunters, but few artifacts from that period have been discovered.
While it was written several years ago, the authors have moved on to other things and do not have the time or inclination to edit, correct, or rewrite. There is a West Pearl and also a Middle Pearl in Louisiana, but it is in that high terrace on the eastern side of East Pearl, in Mississippi, that merits historic study.
It is therefore offered as is, “warts and all,” for whatever value one may take from it. 75 Section VI – Nineteenth Century Hancock County Chapter 16: Analysis of Census Reports – p. 104 Chapter 18: Biographies of Prominent Settlers – p. For fifty years it was the international boundary between European colonial powers.