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History brought to life in Ocean Springs

Young actresses wait for their turn to enter the reenactment. (Image Source: WLOX News) Young actresses wait for their turn to enter the reenactment. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Landing of D'iberville recreate when French settlers met the Native Americans on Fort Maurepas Beach. (Image Source: WLOX News) Landing of D'iberville recreate when French settlers met the Native Americans on Fort Maurepas Beach. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Misuer D'iberville was portrayed by David Reynolds. (Image Source: WLOX News) Misuer D'iberville was portrayed by David Reynolds. (Image Source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

On Saturday, Ocean Springs residents embraced how their city was founded with a re-enactment of the landing of D'Iberville on Front Beach.

Many families came out to see what the annual history lesson is all about. Dozens of actors and actresses brought an important part of Ocean Spring's history to life.

"I was commissioned by King Louis to come find the mouth of the Mississippi, and discovered a path to the northern Gulf Coast and landed in the east shore of the Biloxi Bay and founded Fort Maurepas," said David Reynolds, who portrayed Misuer D'Iberville. 

During the reenactment, a narrator recalls the meeting of the Frenchmen and the Native Americans for the first time. 

"That landing helped lead to the exploration of the entire Gulf Coast region," said Stopher Haug, who is co-director of the 1699 Historical Society.

Although the reenactment stays the same each year, Haug says it's a reminder of the french influence on the Coast culture, language, and history.

"We realize that a lot of people don't really appreciate the significance of the landing of D'Iberville those 317 years ago for the affect it has had on so many different aspects of our community," said Haug.

For Haug, the landing of D'Iberville should be considered a significant historical event to the entire country.

"When you think about it, really, this landing is equivalent to the Jamestown for the northeast, and the English," added Haug. "We think that's the way that it should be viewed and appreciated."

The history lesson was just as entertaining and educational for the hundreds who filled Fort Maurepas park to watch.

"I think it's wonderful that we preserve our history that way, and we make it real and make it come to life this way so the young people of the community know where we came from," Ashley Hendren.

The landing of D'Iberville is a weekend long event. There will be a Discovery Regatta on Front Beach at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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