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||Fort St. Joseph
||Indiana University School of Continuing Studies
||Jack Saylor used historical documents to have this sketch of Fort St. Joseph (circa 1750) computer generated. Fort site is located in the present-day town of Niles, Michigan.
||Colonial - 1650 - 1764
||Fort St. Joseph
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||Fort St. Joseph was built by the French in 1691. It was a center of the important fur trade between French colonists and the Indians along the St. Joseph River. Soon the rivalry between England and France assumed great importance, culminating with the victory of the English and the capture of the Fort in 1761.
The fort burned down in 1781, only 24 hours after a Spanish expedition from St. Louis had overtaken the fort. It was never rebuilt. It was located along the St. Joseph River, south of Niles, Michigan, off of Bond St. From recent excavation it appears that the site consisted of 15 - 20 family structures plus the palisade area which contained barracks, the commandant's house, a jail and a storeroom.
Articles available in the St. Joseph County Public Library Local History Clipping File include:
"I.U.S.B Lifelong Learner Helping To Reconstruct Fort St. Joseph"
"Niles Ought to Honor the Man Who Saved George Washington"
"It's A Taste Of 18th Century Life"
"Search for Fort St. Joseph Continues"
"Modern-Day Voyagers Re-enact Life at Fort St. Joseph"
"Sifting Through History"
"Fort St. Joseph: Has Surveyor Hit Pay Dirt?"
"Archaeologists Called In On Fort Project"
"Niles Hosts 'Living History Lesson' "
"Spanish Expedition Against Fort St. Joseph in 1781, a New Interpretation"
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||St. Joseph County Public Library, Local & Family History Services - Clipping File (Basement) - Forts - Fort St. Joseph
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