Giles Island is a place of legend and drama, a canvas for history and fame. Once a working plantation on the north bluff of Natchez, today the land at Giles Island is a Mississippi hardwood bottom, lush and full of wildlife. Centuries ago, the famous Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto discovered the Mississippi River north of Natchez. Soon afterward, he was buried in the great river. Giles Island has also been the site of many historic events since the early nineteenth century. Men from Natchez would gather there to settle their arguments at twelve paces. During this era of the island, Jim Bowie made himself, and his world renowned knife, famous. The savage duel that ensued would be written in history as ‘The Sandbar Fight.’ After the duel, the knife was copied by a blacksmith from Natchez, reproduced in England, and is now one of the world’s best known weapons. In 1933, the Corps of Engineers dredged the Giles cutoff, separating the land from the main land of Mississippi, creating what is now the hunter’s paradise of Giles Island.