The End of the Trail

in The Sangamo Frontier

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226514246
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514239 | DOI:
The End of the Trail

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North of Sangamo and at the end of Edwards' Trace, most of the French character of Peoria quickly dissolved into the soil after Captain Craig's fires died out in the fall of 1812. The villagers did not return to the ruins, although a few families resettled down river on the opposite shore. Animals moved into the abandoned Fort Clark, and for a short time, Peoria was a very quiet place. After a few years of silence, the Americans began to visit, following the trace from the south. At first, they came to hunt or fish, but soon they began building their log houses. By the mid-1820s, Peoria—the last stand for the old ways of the eighteenth century—had become an American place. In less than a generation, the residents of Peoria began looking for the archaeological traces of its French heritage. This chapter describes excavations and artifacts from Peoria.

Keywords: Peoria; Sangamo Country; excavations; artifacts; French heritage

Chapter.  3557 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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