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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  • September 29, 2017
    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 »
  • June 18, 2017
    This was our first visit here, but it won't our last. If you're over 62 years old, it's free. Knowledgeable docents in the area to answer questions. Rooms included chapel, barracks, commander's quarte...  more »
  • May 31, 2017
    It was definitely not what is was expecting. It is very cheap and I can easily see why. After we had already paid the lady at the front desk had told us that the people in period the costumes were not...  more »
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  • May 16, 2016
    Great way to learn about the French influence in Louisiana. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • April 5, 2016
    Great interpretive staff and beautiful location
  • November 1, 2016
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  • December 6, 2012
    More than meets the eye when driving by.must see
  • November 28, 2011
    This is definitely worth the stop in Natchitoches, Low fees, awesome history and a great way to learn about Louisiana.

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