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Buffalo Rock State Park

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What's The Story

Many of the tribes living around the Great Lakes were threatened by the Iroquois, who sought to dominate the fur trade. Some of the Miami living near Green Bay in the mid-17th century, moved in 1683 to the Illinois River valley to join LaSalle’s confederacy, which they believed afforded protection from the Iroquois. The confederacy included the Illinois, Miami, Wea, and Piankashaw. Charlevoix, a Jesuit priest, reported that some of the Miami built a fort atop Buffalo Rock, upriver from LaSalle’s Fort St. Louis on Le Rocher.

To learn more:

Temple, Wayne C. 1966. Indian Villages of the Illinois Country. Illinois State Museum Scientific Papers, Volume 2, Part 2.

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