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Fort Lamotte

Coordinates: 38°59′52.4″N 87°35′54.1″W / 38.997889°N 87.598361°W / 38.997889; -87.598361
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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]


  1. ^ Wallace, Evelyn M.; Jones, Sue (2006). Robinson and Crawford County. ISBN 9780738540290.
  2. ^ "Terre Haute News, Terre Haute, Indiana- TribStar.com - Construction under way on replica War of 1812 fort". Archived from the original on 2008-08-13.
  3. ^ Crawford Co. Historical Society. "Early Crawford County Churches". rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  4. ^ "BoomtownUSA by Jack Schultz: Preservation in Illinois' Oldest Town". boomtownusa.blogspot.com. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  5. ^ http://www.pioneercity.com/fortlamotterangers/fortlamotteupdate.html[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Fort Lamotte, Palestine, Illin - Genealogy.com". genforum.genealogy.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  7. ^ "Fort Lamotte & Fort Foot - Palestine, IL". Waymarking. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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38°59′52.4″N 87°35′54.1″W / 38.997889°N 87.598361°W / 38.997889; -87.598361