Fort St. Jean Baptiste

Fort St. Jean Baptiste (HM205H)

Location: Natchitoches, LA 71457 Natchitoches Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 45.258', W 93° 5.474'

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At this site on April 26, 1804, Fort St. Jean Baptiste was one of six garrisons in Louisiana where the American Flag was raised in ceremonies commemorating the transfer of the Louisiana Purchase. On behalf of the United States, Commissioner William C.C. Claiborne ordered Capt. Edward D. Turner to Natchitoches to take command of the Natchitoches fort from Commandant Felix Trudeau and a garrison of thirty-two Spanish soldiers. The ceremony began at eleven a.m. when the Spanish flag was lowered and the French flag raised. One hour later the French flag was lowered and the American flag raised as soldiers saluted and guns fired.
HM NumberHM205H
Placed ByLouisiana Society Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Denis Chapter NSDAR and Woodman of the World Lodge 907
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Date Added Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 491359 N 3513205
Decimal Degrees31.75430000, -93.09123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.258', W 93° 5.474'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 15.48" N, 93° 5' 28.44" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 2nd St, Natchitoches LA 71457, US
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