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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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  • 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 »
  • We were in Natchitoches so I wanted to bring my daughter to the Fort, we visited a few different Forts in the past and have enjoyed them very much. When we arrived the front desk employee explained th...  more »
  • Good sight to see and some cool history. I really don't recommend coming with teenagers as they get bored quickly.  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.