Arkansas Post

An artist's depiction of life at Arkansas Post in the 17th century.

Dr. Andrew Beaupré of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey will speak to the Southern Arkansas University chapter at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be held in Room 205 of the Reynolds Center at SAU.

Beaupré will talk about his research on French colonial sites in Arkansas, particularly Arkansas Post.

In 1686, while in an attempt to rendezvous with René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Henri de Tonti established the "Poste de Arkansea" at the Quapaw village of Osotouy.

Garrisoned by a handful of adventurers, the Arkansas Post was the first “semi-permanent” French settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley.

Over the course of the next century, French settlers spread throughout the hills and river valleys that would become the State of Arkansas. Over the past century, numerous archaeological excavations have recovered remains of early French colonization.

Beaupré’s current paper examines the current state of the archaeology of the French in the Arkansas River Delta, as well as outlining avenues for future research.

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