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Fort St. Jean Baptiste

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Louisiana, United States.

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Fort St. Jean Baptiste is the oldest permanent settlement in Lousiana, having been founded as a military outpost marking the furthest point reached by a surveying/ exploring party lead by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis and made up of French soldiers and Natchitoches Indians who were leading them up river.

The tiny outpost started out as a fort maintaining ground from the Spanish, but it soon became a valuable economic point as well – a useful trading outpost between the French, Spanish, and Caddo Indians.

What you'll see here today is a close replica of the original, built in 1979 a few hundred yards from the original site. The fort complex today includes a trading warehouse, a powder magazine, a church, slave quarters, the commandant’s house, barracks, a guardhouse, bastions, and assorted huts.

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