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The River Cities
Two of the most historic towns
in Mississippi and indeed, in North America are the Mississippi
River cities of Natchez and Vicksburg. The former is famous for its long
history, first as a French colonial outpost, then later as a British village,
before becoming a part of the United States in the years following the
American Revolution. Vicksburg's fame arises for the most part because
of a later war, between North and South; because of its strategic location
on a sharp bend in the river, and its massive bluffs upon which to place
guns, it became a key target of Union troops in the West during the Civil
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