The State of Mississippi has three counties bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. The central county of these three is Harrison County. Harrison County was named to honor the of United States President William Henry Harrison.
The first European settlement in what is now Harrison County was built in Biloxi in 1699. This was a French colony. At the time Pierre LeMoyne D’Iberville landed at ‘old’ Biloxi in 1699, his group of explorers discovered the Indian natives who were called the ‘Viloxi Tribe’ which means ‘First People’.
Biloxi became the capital of a vast area of the country which was known as the Louisiana Territory.
According to the U.S.2010 census, the population of Harrison County in 2010 was 187,105 which makes it the second most populated county in Mississippi. The county seats are both Biloxi and Gulfport.
By the 1830’s, both Biloxi and Gulfport began to thrive because of their proximity to the deep water harbor in Gulfport. The establishment of the passenger railroads in 1870 signalled additional opportunities for prosperity which further developed new employment, new businesses to serve an expanding customer base, and an expanded tourism industry.
Gulfport is Mississippi’s gateway to global commercial enterprise and is Mississippi's principal shipping center.
The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airoport also serves Harrison County.
Harrison County is conveniently located andis only a 75 minute drive to New Orleans.
Harrison County has a lot to offer, including great deep-sea or freshwater fishing, an array of
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