From 1691 the 1698 and from 1717 to 1761, French military personnel occupied Fort St. Joseph to defend the site's strategic position on a major trade route near the portage between the St. Joseph and Kankakee rivers, while maintaining alliances with friendly Native American groups to facilitate the trade in furs.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, "6: Military Presence at Fort St. Joseph" (2016). Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project. 64.