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The Bayogoula were a Native American tribe from Mississippi and Louisiana in the United States. Their name translates as "bayou people".[1] They were a part of the Muskogean people.[2] The Houma people attacked them around 1699–1700.[1] They lived with another tribe, the Mougoulacha, in 1700. In the early 18th-century the Bayagoula killed many Mougoulacha, almost wiping out the entire tribe. This was triggered from a fight between the two tribes chiefs. The Tonica tribe moved into the community soon thereafter. In 1706 the Tonica ambushed the Bayagoula and almost killed all of them. By 1721, the rest of the tribe had suffered considerable deaths from smallpox.[2] The remaining Bayogoula are believed to have moved to the area of the present day Ascension Parish of Louisiana, possibly melding into the community of the Houma and Acolapissa who lived there.[1]


  1. ^ a b c John Reed Swanton (1952). The Indian Tribes of North America. Genealogical Publishing Com. pp. 200–201. ISBN 978-0-8063-1730-4. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Donald B. Ricky (2000). Encyclopedia of Mississippi Indians: Tribes, Natives, Treaties of the Southeastern Woodlands Area. North American Book Dist LLC. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-0-403-09778-4. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Fredlund, Glen G. Where Did the Bayogoula Dance, why Do They Sing No More: A Reexamination of the Archaeology of the Bayou Goula Area, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University (1983).
  • Reeves, William D. From Tally-Ho to Forest Home: The History of Two Louisiana Plantations. P. 10-14. ISBN 1-4259-0285-5.