Repercussions of the Natchez massacre were long felt throughout the colony. The period following the catastrophe was marked by change in both civil and ecclesiastical circles, as colonists in the outlying districts, fearing attack by roaming bands of indians, abandoned their plantations and sought refuge in New Orleans or near the forts. A great terror "seized almost everybody, especially the women" even within the limits of New Orleans itself. When the news of the massacre reached France, the Company of the Indies was greatly concerned. It had already expended large sums of money on the colony and instead of the anticipated dividends, losses were high. The massacre had destroyed what was considered the most flourishing post, while Governor Périer persistently urged the Company to send more troops for punitive action. Such a venture, however, would have required a considerable financial outlay, which the Company was unwilling to make. It chose instead to relinquish its monopoly of the trade of the colony and rerocede Louisiana to the French crown.