White Bluff

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White Bluff at Demopolis in 1903 This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1925

White Bluff, also known as Ecor Blanc, is a historic site located along the Tombigbee River not far from the city of Demopolis, Alabama. It is a chalk cliff, roughly one mile long. The upper portions of the cliff stood almost 80 feet (24 m) above the river before the construction of the Demopolis Lock and Dam downriver. It now averages about 30 feet (9.1 m) above the river.

White Bluff was first named Ecor Blanc by 18th century French explorers and map makers. It also became known as the Chickasaw Gallery because early Native American inhabitants harnessed their boats at the foot of the cliff. It was the site where French Bonapartist refugees landed in 1817 and established their Vine and Olive Colony.

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