FRONTIER OF EMPIRES EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE NATCHITOCHES TRI-CENTENNIAL
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Frontier Of Empires, an exhibition of Colonial Heritage will be held Saturday, March 8th from 10:00 am till

4:00 pm at the Lemee House, 310 Rue Jefferson in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Sponsored by the Association for

the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, this event will be free to the public and will celebrate the 300th

Anniversary of the founding of Natchitoches. Natchitoches is the oldest settlement in the entire Louisiana

Purchase.

A collection of 18th century artifacts on loan from the Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site will illustrate life

in early Natchitoches during the period when the empires of France and Spain met on the frontier of the New

World. Founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis for the King of France, the fort on what was then an

island in the Red River became the westernmost outpost of the French Empire. It held the border of the French

Colony from the encroachment of the Spanish as they attempted to push their borders to the east. In 1763, the

territory was transferred to Spain, and then in 1800 it was secretly acquired by Napoleon. The colonial period

of Louisiana ended in 1803 when Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States during the Presidency of

Thomas Jefferson.

The exhibition will also feature old maps from the Colonial Period and will offer a unique glimpse into the

changes made over the centuries to the land and waterways around the original fort. Modern day aerial

photographs of the Historic District will be shown overlaid on the oldest maps of Natchitoches to illustrate the

location of the original island the fort was built on and how those sites relate to the streets and structures of

today.

For more information, visitors may call 318-581-8042.

Attached is an image of the statue of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, the founder of Natchitoches
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