Arkansas Post National Memorial in Arkansas County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Edge of Empires
The succession of outposts here, remote from centers of New World empire, symbolized a dream of the imperial age: to connect the Gulf of Mexico to North America's vast interior by the great rivers that drained it.
Following British victory in the French and Indian War France--in 1762--ceded Louisiana to her ally, Spain. Fearing Great Britain's designs on the Mississippi, the Spaniards took command of the Post of Arkansas, later called Fort Carlos IIl, and retained many of the French traders and soldiers. During the American Revolution, Spanish offensives against the British in Florida and on the Mississippi River aided the patriotic cause.
At the very end of that war-in 1783--a partisan band led by former British Captain James Colbert attacked Fort Carlos. The Spanish-French garrison and community fought them off Names of some of the soldiers, settlers, and militia who lived at the Post of Arkansas before, during, and after the Colbert Raid are presented below:
Joseph Barthelemy Jean Baptiste Imbeau (father)
Antoine Beauvais Joseph Imbeau
Anselme Billet dit Lajuenesse
Michel Bonne (father) Stanislas LeVasseur
Michel Bonne (son) Andres Lopez
Louis Boulard Francois Menard
Peter Clausin Marie Messager
Francois Cousott Louis Perthuis dit Lajanvry
Jean Baptiste Dardenne Pierre Perthuis dit Chevalier
Jean Baptiste Duchassin Antoine Pinot
Andre Fagot Joseph Stillwell
Jean Baptiste Grabert Louis Souligny le Duc
(father) Charles de Vilemont
Jean Baptiste Grabert (son)
Three Nations Converge: Both land and water approaches were used by France, Spain, and Great Britain while contending for control of this region.
France, Spain, and Great Britain contended for the junction of the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers -- gateway to Indian trade, key to control of the rivers.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 34° 1.026′ N, 91° 20.695′ W. Marker is in Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker can be reached from Old Post Road 0.8 miles south of State Route 169. Located just east of the visitors center along the walking trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1741 Old Post Road, Gillett AR 72055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Colbert Raid (here, next to this marker); The Arkansas Posts (within shouting distance of this marker); First Post of Arkansas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Post of Arkansas (about 600 feet away); American Townsite (about 700 feet away); The European Settlement (about 700 feet away); Stone from Ruins of Old Bank (about 800 feet away); The Post under Spain (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas Post National Memorial.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.