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Thesis: Ship Island, a barrier island on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has had a rich history throughout the years I. The Beginning A. The Discovery of the Island B. Colonization II. War A. War of 1812 B. Civil War III. Fort Massachusetts A. Building of the Fort 1. Construction 2. Resume Building B. Restoration IV. Physical Changes A. Lighthouses B. Hurricanes C. The two islands V. Ship Island’s Present A. Park Service B. Ship Island excursions C. The vanishing of Ship Island Ship Island, a barrier island on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has had a rich history throughout the years. The Spanish, British, Union, and Confederate have all claimed territory at Ship Island but, it was first discovered by a French explorer. “His name was Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and he discovered Ship Island in February 1699. Ship Island was first used as a base of operations in the exploration of the mouth of the Mississippi River. (Buras 17)” The reason for its occupation as the base has to do with the fact that it is the only deep-water harbor for miles between Mobile Bay and the Mississippi River. That is why the island hosted as such a vital anchorage for the colonist…show more content…
It is protected Gulf Islands National Seashore and the National Park Service, which give their time and dedication to protect the islands natural beauty and wildlife. They work together, along with Ship Island Excursions, to keep the island safe for future generations. One main problem however is the island is constantly shifting to the west and is slowly disappearing. The park service has taken high precaution and in recent years planted many sea oats to keep the island safe. Many families now wish to see the island before it is gone forever. It is accessible to the public through a ferry boat business that runs out the city of
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