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|Last days of the buffalo on the Natchez frontier|
George Willey turned 11 years old on Christmas Day 1787 when his family's flatboat docked at the Natchez landing. During his youth, he listened to old-timers talk about frontier life in Natchez country. He heard stories about the last days of buffalo being seen and hunted in this region at a time when conflicts between white settlers and Indians were common.
When Willey was in his 20s in the early 1800s after the Mississippi Territory had been formed by Congress, the buffalo were gone. A hundred years earlier, French explorer Bienville had seen buffalo crowding the eastern bank of the Mississippi near present day Baton Rouge.
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