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Full day of events celebrates 1699 Landing of D'Iberville

Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville, played by Dr. Robert Hirsch, greets the Native Americans who inhabited the territory in what is now Ocean Springs. Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville, played by Dr. Robert Hirsch, greets the Native Americans who inhabited the territory in what is now Ocean Springs.
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Despite less than optimal weather, D’Iberville has landed - again.

The 1699 Historical Society of Ocean Springs honored the city’s history with the traditional annual reenactment. It was an education for those who watched, and for those who got into the action up close.

Caitlynn Travis made her debut as the Native American native.

“I wanted to know the history behind D’Iberville and Iberville,” Caitlynn said. “It’s just so fascinating to see everybody come together and see them reenact this important event.”

Her brother Dakota Coleman was the brave who first spotted Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville.

“I’m learning what the Native Americans did before all of the technology," said Dakota. 

Several Ocean Springs Middle School students played the Cassette Girls at the ceremony on Front Beach at Fort Maurepas. History says they were the young women who were brought to help populate the colony; to put it politely.

Just a small detail that may have been left out of the acting job description for Caroline LaPoint.

“I think it’s just really cool to be incorporated in such a big part of my city’s history," said Caroline LaPoint. 

As about 100 people looked on from the bluff near the landing spot, d’Iberville, played by Dr. Robert Hirsch, led his French travelers to the spot where they met by suspicious Native Americans. In the end, as it is every time, they made peace.

“With that landing in 1699 and the subsequent explorations of the Gulf South really paved the way for so many traditions, the towns and the customs we all know and enjoy today,” said organizer Stopher Haug.

What does d’Iberville himself want people to get from the experience?

“I think just a little bit about the history and discovery and exploration right here on the Coast,” Hirsch said. “This is our hometown. Great to learn how it got started and how we all got here.”

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