Fort Orleans - De Witt, Mo.
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N 39° 23.072 W 093° 13.278
15S E 480941 N 4359473
This limestone marker is located in the City Park - 7th and Jefferson in De Witt, Mo.
Waymark Code: WMK86H
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 02/26/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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This limestone marker is located in the City Park. The marker was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1924. The text reads:

Fort Orleans
First Settlement in Missouri
Made by the French
Marked by the Carrollton Chapter
Daughters American Revolution

From Legends of America:
(visit link)

"Fort Orleans (1723-1726) - Also called Fort D'Orleans, this was a French fort -- the first built by any European country on the Missouri River and the first settlement in what is the State of Missouri today.

It was established in November, 1723 by Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont and 40 French soldiers on the Missouri River, near the mouth of the Grand River, but its exact location is unknown. The fort was to be the Missouri River headquarters of the newly created Louisiana (New France) territory and was named for the Duke of Orléans. When complete, the post included a chapel, the first Catholic church in the Missouri Valley.

De Bourgmond, a friend to many Indian tribes and author of the first navigation report on the Missouri River in 1714, was chosen to build the fort by a French trading concern, The Company of the Indies. The fort was to serve as a check to any advance by the Spanish from the southwest and as a base for New Mexican and Indian trade. Bourgmond was later made Commandant on the Missouri River and was in charge of making peace with the Comanche Indians. n 1724, De Bourgmond traveled to Kansas via the Kansas Riverto the southwest, where he fulfilled his commission to make peace with the Comanche tribe, as well as the Osage, Iowa, Pawnee, Oto and Makah tribes .

In 1725 he returned to France taking several Indian chiefs and a young Missouri maiden along for a visit. The whole party delighted the French who called the girl "Princess of the Missouri," saw her baptized in Notre Dame, and married to a sergeant. De Bourgmond was made a noble and had for his coat of arms an Indian against a silver mountain. Bourgmond did not acompany the chiefs back to Missouri, instead choosing to stay at his home in Normandy. The following year, the fort was abandoned. One story says that it was left manned by only eight soldiers, who were killed by Indians.

The exact location of the fort is unknown; however a marker is located on US Highway 24 in the Wiese Roadside Park about one mile northeast of De Witt, Missouri."
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