Archaeology at trading post discussed Thursday

Michael Nassaney, the director of archaeology at Fort St. Joseph, will present "Public Archaeology at a Long Lost Trading Post in Southwest Michigan: the Continuing Saga of the Fort St. Joseph Investigations," from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Loutit District Library's program room A.
Anonymous
Apr 25, 2012

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum, in collaboration with the Loutit District Library, will offer this special presentation on archaeological discoveries made at Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Mich. Fort St. Joseph served from 1691 to 1763 as an important link in the chain of outposts that marked the far reaches of New France and facilitated the fur trade between the French and Native Americans in the Western Great Lakes, including the region of the Grand River basin.

By the middle 1700s Fort St. Joseph ranked fourth in volume of furs traded among all posts in New France. But the fort was not just a center for trade. It was also a Jesuit mission and military outpost; an important place of diverse cultural exchange with the potential to yield valuable new insights on the engagement between its French inhabitants and neighboring Native American groups such as the Potawatomi, Miami and Sauk who interacted daily at the site.
 

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