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Arkansas Post was the first and most ificant European establishment in Arkansas. In the colonial and early national periods, from toit served as the local governmental, military, and trade headquarters for the French, the Spanish, and finally the United States. In the summer ofhe arranged with the local Quapaw for Jean Couture, Jacques Cardinal, and four other Frenchmen to establish a trading post, where they would exchange French goods for beaver furs.

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Henri de Tonti established it in as a French trading post on the lower Arkansas River.

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They and the Americanswho acquired this territory in with the Louisiana Purchaseconsidered the site of strategic value. Little Rock was deated as the capital in During the years of fur trading, Arkansas Post was protected by a series of forts. The forts and associated settlements were located at three known sites and possibly a fourth. Some of the historic structures have been lost as the waterfront has been subject to erosion and flooding. The land encompassing the second and fourth Arkansas Post site Red Bluff was deated as a state park in In about acres ha of land at the site were protected as a National Memorial and National Historic Landmark.

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Since the s, three archeological excavations have been conducted at the site. Experts say the most extensive cultural resources at the site are archeological, both for the 18th and 19th-century European-American settlements, and the earlier Quapaw villages. The site is now considered low lying.

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Erosion and construction of dams on the river have resulted in the remains of three of the historic forts now being under water in the river channel. It was about 35 miles upriver from the strategically ificant confluence of the Arkansas with the Mississippi. The French came to an arrangement with the local Quapaw to trade French goods for beaver furs. This arrangement did not yield much profit, as the Quapaw had little interest in hunting beaver. But the trade and friendly relations with the Quapaw and other local native peoples, such as the Caddo and Osagewere integral to the post's survival for most of its operations.

The French settlers initially called the post Aux Arcs "at the home of the Arkansas. The traders first built a simple wooden house and fence at the site.

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This was the first permanent French holding west of the Mississippi and the first European settlement in the Lower Mississippi Valley. John Law 's Mississippi Company made a venture from to recruiting German settlers to develop the surrounding area as a major agricultural hub. The plan was to grow crops on the lower Arkansas for trade with Arkansas Post, New Orleans which did not have the climate to support grain cultivationand French Illinois.

The French brought about slaves and indentured servants to the area as workers, and offered land grants to German settlers. But this project failed when the company withdrew from Arkansas Post, due to financial decline related to the Mississippi Bubble. Most of the slaves and indentured servants were relocated or sold elsewhere along the Lower Mississippibut a few remained in or near the post, becoming hunters, farmers, and traders.

Bythe post had lost much of its ificance to the French because of the lack of profit, and the population was low. Father Paul du Poisson was priest at the post from July until his death in The post was ificantly expanded inwhen its new commander, First En Pierre Louis Petit de Coulange, built a barracka powder magazinea prisonand a house for him and future commanders.

On May 10,during the Chickasaw Warsthe post engaged in its first military action. Chief Payamataha of the Chickasaw attacked the rural areas of the post with of his warriors, killing and capturing several settlers. The site of this first post is believed to be near what is now called the Menard-Hodges Sitelocated about 5 miles 8. As a result of the Chickasaw raid and continued threats of attack, commander En Louis Xavier Martin de Lino moved the post upriver. This was further from the Chickasaw territory east of the Mississippi, and closer to the Quapaw villages, the post's main trading partners and potential allies.

It was situated on a bend in the river, on higher ground than the site. InCaptain Paul Augustin Le Pelletier de La Houssaye, the next commander, rebuilt the post's major structures, such dating french men in Arkansas the barrack, prison, and powder magazine. In addition he expanded the commander's house to include a chapel and quarters for the priest. He added a storehousehospitalbake houseand latrine. To protect the post's new buildings, he erected a stockade eleven feet in height. Inafter the start of the Seven Years' War between France and England, Captain Francois de Reggio moved the post to a location 10 miles from the confluence with the Mississippi in order for the post to better respond to British and Chickasaw attacks.

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Whereas the first two locations had been on the Arkansas's north bank, this one was on the south. The layout of this post was generally similar to earlier ones, containing the usual important structures protected by a stockade. This was in exchange for the British to gain land in Florida and give up any claims to Cuba. Initially the Spanish kept the post at the third site and built the first Fort Carlos here to defend it.

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This reality complicated Spain's effort for diplomacy. InCommander Fernando de Leyba was ordered to assert dominance over the local French and to reduce the amount of feasts and gifts they provided for the local Quapaw, as it was costing the colonial government too much. The Quapaw nearly came to blows with the Spanish, but eventually Commander Leyba conceded to practice and restored the goods, and conflict was avoided.

In andthe post was partially inundated by flood waters. De Villiers cited annual flooding and the long distance from the local Quapaw villages as concerns. In the fall ofColonel David Rogers and Capt.

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The colonists hoped the settlement would be less flood-prone. It consisted of several small buildings surrounded by a stockade. During the last two decades of the 18th century, several Americans of the new United States settled at the post. They developed a separate American village on the bluffs north of the river, nearer to the Quapaw villages. Many of these settlers arrived as refugees dating french men in Arkansas the Revolutionary War. On 17 AprilJames Colbert, a British Indian trader and partisanconducted a raid with fellow partisans and their Chickasaw allies against Spanish forces controlling Arkansas Post.

This was part of a small British campaign against the Spanish on the Mississippi River during the American Revolutionary Warwhen power was shifting in North America. The Spanish defended it with their soldiers, Quapaw allies, and settlers acting as Indians to scare off the partisans. Fort San Carlos was deteriorating due to erosion of the bluff by the river, so the Spanish chose a site about half a mile from the waterfront. In the s they built Fort San Estevan de Arkansas. The complex included a house, large barracks, storehouse and kitchen, all surrounded by a stockade.

Although Spain ceded Louisiana and the Arkansas Post to France inno French officials were sent to administer the post. The Spanish garrison remained to oversee the post until the Louisiana Purchase was made by the United States. By the time the post was sold, it contained 30 houses in rows along two perpendicular streets. These were inhabited mostly by the post's ethnic French population. The American settlers were predominately living in the separate village north of the post, although further American settlement began after purchase by the United States.

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Americans built new buildings in the main part of the post alongside French and Spanish ones. Fort Madison was in use untilwhen it was abandoned in turn due to erosion and flooding. InAmericans built a trading house at the north end of the post, operated by Jacob Bright.

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The location became a major frontier post for travelers heading west, with explorers such as Stephen Harriman Long and Thomas Nuttall passing through. Arkansas Post was selected to be the capital of Arkansas County in Init was selected as the first capital of the new Arkansas Territory. It became the center of commercial and political life in Arkansas.

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The territory's first newspaper, the Arkansas Gazettewas founded in at the post by William E. A tavern owned by William Montgomery was operated at the post, in Bright's trading house, from to This structure also served as the meeting place for the first Arkansas Territorial General Assembly in February During its period as territorial capital, Arkansas Post grew substantially, and two towns were established near it. Gradually, settlement developed further into the Arkansas River valley, and Little Rock became the territory's dominant settlement. When the territorial capital was moved there inthe territory's major businesses and institutions moved as well.

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Arkansas Post lost much of its importance. The settlement continued to be active as a river town through the s, after steamboat traffic increased on the rivers. A French entrepreneur, Colonel Frederick Notrebe, came to dominate commercial life at the post.

His establishment consisted of a house, a store, a brick store, a warehouse, a cotton gin, and a press. In the s, the post was expanded with several new buildings, including one to serve as the Arkansas Post Branch of the State Bank of Arkansas.

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By the s, the post was in a period of decline, and the population shrank ificantly. A well and cistern were built at the post in the early s and remain intact at the memorial site to this day. During the American Civil Warthe post remained an important strategic site militarily. It was located on a bluff 25 feet above the river on the north bank, with a mile view up and downriver. It was deed to prevent Union forces from going upriver to Little Rock, and to disrupt Union movement on the Mississippi.

On January 9—11 ofUnion forces conducted an amphibious assault on the fortress backed by ironclad gunboats as part of the Vicksburg Campaign. Because the Union forces outed the defenders 33, to 5,they won an easy victory and captured the post, with most of the Confederate garrison surrendering. During the battle, the artillery bombardments destroyed or severely damaged both the fort and the civilian areas, after which Arkansas Post lost any status it had retained since being replaced as the territorial capital, and became a mostly rural area. The Union victory relieved much of the harassment by Confederate forces on the Mississippi and contributed to the eventual victory at Vicksburg.

During the period of Confederate control, the state bank building was used as a hospital. Parts of the Confederate road, trenches, and artillery positions built at the post during this era are still visible at the memorial site.

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The Arkansas Post National Memorial is a The National Park Service manages The former site of Arkansas Post was made into a state park in The park began with 20 acres donated by Fred Quandt, a descendant of German immigrants whose family still lives in Arkansas.