- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - On Aug. 3, Natchez will blow out the candles on its 300th birthday.

A centerpiece of that historic celebration will be the dedication of the National Park Service’s third site in Natchez - the site of Fort Rosalie.

The fort was a strategic point in the struggle by competing European imperial powers for control over the Mississippi Valley.

This location served as a basis for the creation of the Mississippi Territory by Congress in 1798, and the territorial capital was initially located in Natchez.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/29naxli) the park service has been working to develop and interpret the site to illustrate its significance and plans to open the site to the public Aug. 3.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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