French-Colonial Home Site Of Jean Baptiste Hamelin
In retaliation, Captain Jean Baptiste Hamelin led a group of Cahokians against the British Fort St. Joseph in Michigan. Hamelin's forces captured the British traders and trade goods and headed for home. A party of British caught up with them on December 5, 1780. Hamelin's forces suffered casualties and some were taken prisoner; others escaped back to Cahokia. Captain J.B. Hamelin lost his life fighting for the fledgling American Country.
Jean Baptiste Hamelin was from a prominent French-Canadian family who had arrived in Canada in the 17th century. His forebears were Seigneurs in Grondines, Quebec. Several generations of Hamelins became fur traders and voyageurs and had deep ancestral roots in Michilimackinac, MI and Cahokia. J.B. Hamelin served in
The Hamelin home site was discovered and excavated by the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP) in the spring of 2007. The home site was occupied around 1760-1780, and included period 'Poteaux En Terre' (post-in-ground) structures identified as a dwelling, barn and outbuildings.
Erected 2013 by Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1780.
Location. 38° 34.242′ N, 90° 11.268′ W. Marker is in Cahokia, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on East 1st Street, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located at the Cahokia Wedge, across from the Jarrot Mansion and at the intersection of Route 3 and Camp Jackson/Hwy 157. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 999 East 1st Street, East Saint Louis IL 62206, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bowman (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); Cahokia - The Birthplace of the Midwest
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