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Fort Saint-Joseph – voyageurs déchargeant leurs ballots lors de la journée des médias

By Nassaney, Michael S.

Reclaiming French Heritage at Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan

Fort St. Joseph was one of the most important eighteenth-century frontier outposts in the western Great Lakes region. Initially established by the French as a mission in the 1680s, the site became a hub of religious, military, and commercial activity for local Native American populations and European colonial powers for nearly a century. While late nineteenth-century collectors knew the location of the site, it became forgotten until its rediscovery in 1998 by Western Michigan University archaeologists.  Subsequent investigations and public involvement have resurrected the community’s ...

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