History came alive this past weekend at an old French fort site just southwest of Wetumpka, Ala. History lovers and re-enactors converged on Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson National Historic Park for the annual Frontier Days celebration to reveal a time in Alabama’s distant past. In 1717, at the invitation of the Alibamu Indians, the French built a fort at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers as a check to British expansion into Southeastern North America. For 100 years, as international fortunes waxed and waned in the Southeast, the fort site became the property of occupying French, British, Spanish and American interests. In August 1815 General Andrew Jackson conducted the Treaty of Fort Jackson on the site. That treaty forced the Creek Indians to cede 20 million acres of their land to the United States. Enjoy a gallery of photos from Saturday’s activities below.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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