A Spanish Governor and a Choctaw Chief: Gayoso and Franchimastabe

Manuel Gayoso de Lemos served as governor of the Natchez District within the Spanish province of Louisiana and West Florida for ten years, from 1787 to 1797. During that time Franchimastabe of the village of West Yazoo served as titular head of what the Spanish referred to as the Choctaw Nation. The two engaged in intense and significant diplomatic negotiations over the question of ownership of the site of Nogales (present day Vicksburg) and other matters. This presentation will look at these two personalities as people and leaders and in so doing endeavor to identify some special characteristics of the historical cultures that shaped them.

Speakers Expertise:

Charles Weeks is a former History Instructor at St. Andrew's Episcopal School.