On the French Frontier 1700-1800
Before 1718 After 1718
At first people and supplies moved into the Illinois country from French Canada by way of the Great Lakes and area rivers. After the founding of New Orleans in 1718, the Mississippi River provided an easier route and prospects for the Illinois settlements improved.

How did the French get to Illinois? Where did they live? How did they live?
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