First Post of Arkansas

First Post of Arkansas (HM21QY)

Location: Gillett, AR 72055 Arkansas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.946', W 91° 20.661'

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1686 — 1700

—The French Settlement of Henri de Tonti —

Spanish Explorer Hernan de Soto passed this way in 1542. Nearly
130 years later Father Marquette, the French missionary and explorer,
reached the nearby mouth of the Arkansas. In 1682 Robert Cavelier,
Sieur de la Salle, claimed this territory for France. But not until
1686 did any European establish a settlement in the lower
Mississippi Valley. La Salle's lieutenant, Henri de Tonti,
settled the first Arkansas Post.

Tonti's post was perhaps only a mile or two from here
on the banks of the Arkansas. The exact site is unknown
He called it Poste de Arkansea after the Arkancas
(Quapaw) Indians with whom he traded. The small
post survived fourteen years, strengthening
France's claim to the lower Mississippi.
HM NumberHM21QY
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Date Added Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 652875 N 3765140
Decimal Degrees34.01576667, -91.34435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.946', W 91° 20.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 56.76" N, 91° 20' 39.66" W
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Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1741 Old Post Rd, Gillett AR 72055, US
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