Gulf Coast set for tercentenary

BILOXI--"Set Sail: Rediscover Biloxi" is the tag line for the Mississippi Gulf Coast's 300th anniversary celebration, to be held throughout 1999.

On Feb. 13, 1699, Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d'Iberville landed on the shore of what today is known as Biloxi and marked the beginning of the exploration and strategic occupation of the lower Mississippi Valley by the French.

The city will celebrate by paying tribute to d'Iberville. The Biloxi Tercentennial will incorporate traditional events and exhibit with new ones focusing on arts and culture, education, history and sports.

Biloxi is on a peninsula facing the Gulf of Mexico and extending to the Back Bay and the Tchoutica-bouffa River. Twenty-six miles of beach line the coast where 300 years ago d'Iberville and his men landed.

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