Fort Lamotte

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Fort Lamotte was a fort created between 1810 and 1812 by Baptists [1] near Palestine, Illinois. It was the site of the Battle of Africa Point in the War of 1812, one of few battles of the war in the Illinois Territory.[2] During the War of 1812 there were 26 families living in Fort LaMotte, and 90 rangers under the command of frontier officer Captain Pierce Andrews.[3] It was in use through 1817 and is currently being recreated.[4][5] The inhabitants of the Fort became the nucleus of Palestine. Fort Foot served as an expansion of and partial replacement for Fort Lamotte.[6]

A marker at Palestine indicates that Frenchman John Lamotte became separated from the Lasalle party and reached the region in 1678.[7]


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