Beyond Guns, Soldiers, and Palisades: The Archaeology of Fort St. Joseph on the Frontier of New France
Fort St. Joseph, an 18th-century French mission, garrison, and trading post complex, served as an important hub for colonial relations in the western Great Lakes region. Dominated primarily by exchange activities, the fort brought Native peoples and French colonists into close interactions with significant material implications. Archaeological evidence gathered through excavations at Fort St. Joseph suggests the emergence of a fur trade society marked by mutual influence that led to complex social identities. This paper will examine Fort St. Joseph beyond its military role to explore how it was a catalyst for social, economic, and religious changes at the edge of the French empire.
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Beyond Guns, Soldiers, and Palisades: The Archaeology of Fort St. Joseph on the Frontier of New France. Alexander Brand, Erin Claussen, Ian Kerr, Michael Nassaney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436773)
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