Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Baker

Second Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Nassaney

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In recent years there has been a particular interest in the fur trade and colonialism through identification and investigation of Fort St. Joseph. This fort was an 18th century French trading post in the St. Joseph River valley located in southwestern Michigan and northwestern Indiana. This study expands our current understanding of the change and continuity of the Euro- American and Native American settlement patterns in the valley during the periods immediately prior to, during, and after the abandonment of Fort St. Joseph through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical analyses.