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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches

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Historic Site
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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  • Learned a lot about the area and Creole history. It was a nice walk to the fort, transportation is provided for those who cannot walk that far.  more »
  • I enjoyed this very much! They have a museum and a very good DVD presentation on the history of the Fort and local people of the area. They have a reconstruction of the original fort made from bluepri...  more »
  • Very interesting! A must see! Will be back to explore more and spend a little more time. Very well maintained!  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.