Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

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155 Jefferson Street, Natchitoches, LA, USA
(318) 357-3101

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site Natchitoches Reviews

montecarlostar montecar…
326 reviews
The reason that Natchitoches got to exist Apr 14, 2012
If you are into history and are visiting the town of Natchitoches this is the number one place you have to see.

Natchitoches is the oldest continuosly inhabitated town in all the Louisiana purchase, which comprises the American states from Louisiana to Montana! So just think about that, a lot of history! I was surprised that this site was occupied even before New Orleans, but it makes sense, since the are where NOLA is located is very unhealthy and full of mosquitoes, other bugs and dangerous animals.

Natchitoches was established in 1714 and the fort built in 1716 to protect from the Spaniards that were already in Texas. No real fight ever ocurred between the two and the town became a very significant trade center for both Indians and Europeans. The fort location had to be changed in a few occasions due to the changes in the stream of the Red River. The fort that you can see today is just a replica of what must have been the original, since the one built by the French was already in ruins by the time of the Louisiana purchase. When Spain got Louisiana from France there was no point in keeping the fort, and when Louisiana was finally acquired by the Americans the need was even less.

Interesting and beautiful site in Natchitoches. You can also visit the museum to see objects from that time and for a short video which explains the history of the place.
The fort
I want one of this for a hat!
Caddo indian
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montecarlostar says:
Thank you May and Ilse!! Everytime I go to a place I have to check their historical sites... this one was pretty cool! I learned a bit more about the State that I live in :) I really love Louisiana! :D
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012
ilserita says:
Nice review and pics! I like places like this! :)
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012
montecarlostar says:
Thank you Eva! It was a fantastic place!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012
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tx_bnb_girl tx_bnb_g…
13 reviews
History Lesson Apr 05, 2008
Being a family of history buffs, we decided that this was a must do on our roadtrip to Natchitoches. While the fort is does not contain any original buildings, the buildings that are there are built in the same manor of what the originals would have been built. We had an excellent tour guide that told us the history of the original fort, history of Natchitoches, as well as information on the building of the current buildings. Upon arrival you are shown a short film about the fort. Then you have to walk along a sidewalk that follows the Cane River to get to the replica of the fort. The replica contains severl buildings.

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