Early Explorers & Native American Tribes
When the French explorers came through Assumption Parish in the early eighteenth century, they found a variety of Native American tribes.
The largest of these were the Chitimacha Tribe, which is thought to have been one of the leading Louisiana tribes in 1700. By the mid 1800’s, the Indians were nearly gone from Assumption Parish. European settlers, primarily French and Spanish, had replaced them. Today, mounds on Lake Verret are believed to be Chitimacha burial places.