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1700-1800 Events. Why Are They Here?
Illinois becomes part of the French colony of Louisiana.
John Law (1671-1729) is granted a French charter for colonizing the Mississippi Valley; his “Mississippi Bubble” scheme bursts in 1720.
Fort de Chartres in Randolph County becomes the seat of military and civilian government in Illinois.
In a major battle, hostile Fox Indians are massacred in east-central Illinois by French troops and Indian allies.
French and Indian (Seven Years’) War ends; Illinois country is ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Paris.
According to legend, northern tribes besiege and starve Illinois Indians tribes at Fort St. Louis, now known as Starved Rock.
George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) defeats the British at Kaskaskia, securing the Illinois country for Virginia.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1745?-1818) establishes a trading post at present Chicago.
Treaty of Paris extends the United States boundary to include the Illinois country.
Virginia relinquishes its claim to Illinois.
Northwest Ordinance places Illinois in the Northwest Territory.
Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818) becomes the first governor of the Northwest Territory.
Congress creates the Indiana Territory, which includes Illinois.
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