Even a thousand years ago, it was from these swamps that the residents of the Mississippi Delta fed themselves; besides a minor bit of slash-and-burn corn farming, the people here then were largely hunters and gatherers. The Coles Creek people, as this culture is now known, built mounds, too, though these were relatively small and rarely occupied, serving as sites for occasional feasts and funerals.
Some of the changes are invisible. The city lies as the edge of the Pleistocene Terrace, so all land downstream is built from fresh alluvial soils. This is the youngest land on the continent, all less than 7,000 years. Other changes are more apparent. At Baton Rouge, the river becomes the domain of ocean-bound freighters. These massive ships, many stories tall, slice the water with their curved hulls and dwarf the familiar tows.
What will the river give us? That’s the question these days. Howling winds and white-capped waves? Water still as glass? Some days our trip is easy and other days it has steep demands. The week began in Natchez with a 30-hour layover. We arrived early and had to wait to pick up members of the crew. So we were granted the pleasures of the shore: cold beer, French-pressed coffee, some sort of highly gourmet and quite delicious apricot-bacon hamburger.
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