On the French Frontier 1700-1800

Convoy of Bateaux on River

Explore French Illinois and meet the people who lived here.

The first Europeans to make their homes in Illinois were French people--eager to earn rich profits through trading with the American Indians, to save Indian souls, and to establish and maintain French claims to this immense and bountiful land. As trading posts, missions, and forts became towns, families built houses and brought French traditions to the Illinois frontier.

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