Pine Belt (Mississippi) Information
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The Longleaf Pine belt covers 9 counties in Mississippi; Jefferson Davis, Covington, Jones, Wayne, Marion, Lamar, Forest, Perry, and Greene. It is east of the Mississippi Delta region, north of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and south of the Jackson area.
In the years before Mississippi was discovered by Europeans, Native American tribes populated the state. Specifically in the Pine Belt region of Mississippi, the Natchez tribe resided. The Natchez provided a formidable challenge for French and Spanish settlers, but their population halved less than 15 years after contact with Europeans. Disease and warfare eventually forced them to settle with the Creek people or English colonists.
The Mississippi Territory eventually became a U.S. state in 1817, and the Pine Belt became more populated and Mississippi's main economical attribute next to agriculture. After the American Civil War, railroads were extended into the area.
- Community colleges
- Pearl River Community College
- Jones County Junior College
- Southwest Mississippi Community College
- Copiah-Lincoln Community College
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- Daily Leader
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- Sela Ward
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