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Fort St. Joseph Fire Pit

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Topic Fort St. Joseph
Image Source Fort St. Joseph Archeological Project
Image Notes The picture shows the fire pit at the excavation of Fort St. Joseph. The fort was established in 1693 by Count Frontenac, Governor of New France and sits at the site of present-day Niles, Michigan.
Time Period Colonial - 1650 - 1764
Image Date 2004
Keywords Fort St. Joseph
Excavation

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Historical Background By 1729 the fort/trading post was still small. Explorer Pierre Fran├žois-Xavier de Charlevoix wrote that he visited the fort and "There is a commandant here with a small garrison. His house which is but a sorry one is called the Fort from its being surrounded with an indifferent palisade." By 1757 the Fort was trading 400 furs a year. The main Indian tribes trading with the Fort were the Potawatomis and the Miamis.

This information is from the "History of Fort St. Joseph" by Col. B. Frank Emery written for the Daily Star newspaper.

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Newspaper Articles St. Joseph County Public Library, Local & Family History Services - Clipping File (Basement) - Forts - Fort St. Joseph
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Full-Text Articles & Media Clips "History of Fort St. Joseph" by Col. B. Frank Emery written for the Daily Star newspaper. PDF File

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