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The Sangamo FrontierHistory and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln$
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Robert Mazrim

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.001.0001

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The End of the Trail

The End of the Trail

(p.320) Chapter Seventeen The End of the Trail
The Sangamo Frontier
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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

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