The Natchez Trace and Leipers Fork   

native americansFirst a buffalo trail, then a network of Native American footpaths, then a treacherous way home for the Kaintuck flatboat operators, the Natchez Trace saw a lot of traffic before it became useful to the Federal Government in the 1800s. In 1801, the trail was designated as an official postal road between Nashville and Natchez, Mississippi, leading to bridges and widened road beds along the way. Communities like Leiper's Fork began to pop up along the Trace, anchored by general stores, schools, and churches.

During the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson's troops made use of the Trace to get to the Battle of New Orleans, where he became famous for defeating the British.

 

Resource links: 
Wikipedia - Natchez Trace
Google - Natchez Trace

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