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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  • A knowledgable and friendly staff. A great value for the price. The theater room was a great addition to the tour  more »
  • We visited during home tour knowledgeable park docent gave us grand tour of Fort replica 200 yards away Good 15 minute video worthwhile  more »
  • A must see in Natchitoches; this museum is tended by lovng staff who have made many hand made items from pioneer days to add to the first diorama of a frontier family. The museum does a freat job of p...  more »
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  • Great way to learn about the French influence in Louisiana. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • Great interpretive staff and beautiful location
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  • 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.

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