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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
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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.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
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  • The Fort is near historic downtown and an nice way to spend the afternoon. We paid $4 each for 2 adult tickets. The entrance building has many exhibits and the staff was very helpful - along with clea...  more »
  • Gates were closed on a Tuesday afternoon around 1:30 pm; not very inviting. We had been hoping to finally see the fort, but not this time. 
  • The fort is a very good place to learn history of the town and Louisiana !! They have a video that you watch that tells you about every thing and then there is the fort!! The way they have brought the...  more »
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  • Great way to learn about the French influence in Louisiana. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • Great interpretive staff and beautiful location
  • Not open
  • More than meets the eye when driving by.must see
  • This is definitely worth the stop in Natchitoches, Low fees, awesome history and a great way to learn about Louisiana.