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This entry was originally written by Kathleen Stanton Hutchison for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
The ports of New Orleans and then Mobile were main ports of entry for those nineteenth-century immigrants who later came to settle in Mississippi. Gulfport, Harrison County, served as port of entry in the twentieth century.
National land passports were issued to those passing through Native American lands or foreign-held land. Occasionally they give a description of the person and an explanation for the reason of passage. For publication of these types of passports pertaining to Mississippi, see Dorothy Williams Potter, Passports of Southeastern Pioneers, 1770–1823: Indian, Spanish and Other Land Passports for Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, North and South Carolina (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1982).