Location: Michigan Length: 24 min
Fort St. Joseph, begun as a French Jesuit mission in the 1680s, was one of the earliest European settlements in the western Great Lakes and an important link among the remote settlements of New France. For almost 80 years, French priests, enlisted men, and traders lived here closely with the native Potowatomi and Miami. After 1781, the fort eventually eroded away and its location was forgotten until its relocation by the Western Michigan University field School. WMU now carries out a very active public archaeology program at the site.
Produced in 2008 by Steve Kettner of Media Production IT, Western Michigan University
Copyright 2008 by Western Michigan University
Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project (Western Michigan University)
Historic Sites: Fort St. Joseph (Northwest Territory Alliance)