Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site1.jpg
Replica building at the fort
St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches.
Map showing the location of Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Map showing the location of Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Map of Louisiana, United States of America
Location Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates 31°45′08″N 93°05′16″W / 31.752222°N 93.087778°W / 31.752222; -93.087778Coordinates: 31°45′08″N 93°05′16″W / 31.752222°N 93.087778°W / 31.752222; -93.087778[1]
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)[2]
Governing body Louisiana Office of State Parks
http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iftstjean.aspx

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, or Fort des Natchitoches, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA, is a replica of an early French fort based upon the original blueprints of 1716 by Sieur Charles Claude Dutisné and company. The settlement which became the town of Natchitoches was founded in 1714 by French Canadian Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis as the first permanent European settlement in the lands later encompassed by the Louisiana Purchase. In 1722, Juchereau de St. Denis in 1722 became commandant of Fort St. Jean Baptiste des Natchitoches.

The fort was devised as a trading and military outpost to counter any Spanish incursions into French territory. Soon it became a center of economic significance, particularly with neighboring Caddo tribes.

After 1764, Fort St. Jean was abandoned, with the transfer of Louisiana (New France) to Spain. It was rebuilt, but its actual location is unknown.[3]

Today Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site is a point of interest within the Cane River National Heritage Area. It is also host to living history re-enactments of what Life in the fort was like in the 1750s

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  2. ^ Mobil Travel Guides, ed. (1994-01-02). Mobil Travel Guide Southwest & South Central. Hungry Minds Inc, U.S. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-671-87447-6. 
  3. ^ [1]

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