Vincennes, IN Photos

Vincennes, IN played a critical role in the fact that the American interior belongs to the United States and is not part of Canada. French traders from Quebec first settled this town along the Wabash River about 1702. After England captured Quebec from France in 1760, the British took over Fort Vincennes and renamed it Fort Sackville in 1766. From here & other locations, like Detroit, the British prevented Americans from settling on Indian lands, a major cause of the American Revolution. When the Revolution came in 1776, these British forts, threatened the American colonies because the British could use them to invade American southern states from the west.

Thus the Americans sent George Rogers Clark and a couple hundred men to neutralize British forces which they did at first by winning the French as allies. But the British soon reinforced Fort Sackville. Rogers and 170 volunteers undertook to catch the Fort off guard and in Feb. 1779, they waded for days through icy, shoulder-deep wetlands and rivers. Under barrage, the fort surrendered on Feb. 25, 1779, making the area from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River part of the United States.

After the Revolution, the United States, these Northwest Territories or Indiana Territories, were governed from Vincennes under Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, who built an impressive mansion called Grouseland and set about to tame various Indian uprisings. Over time Indiana was split into the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin & a portion of Minnesota.

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George Rogers Clark NHP, Vincennes, IN Clark Memorial in George Rogers Clark National Historical Park run by National Park Service. Vincennes, IN Statue of George Rogers Clark Revolutionary War Leader who captured frontier British Fort Sackville after leading a small band of American troops through freezing flood waters of Wabash River. Vincennes, IN Art Deco Indian on Clark Memorial. Vincennes, IN
Old Cathedral, Vincennes, IN Old Library & Old Cathedral. Vincennes, IN Painted designs in Old Cathedral. Vincennes, IN Evangelist Mark window in Old Cathedral. Vincennes, IN
Old French House, Vincennes, IN Old French House Museum was home of French fur trader Michel Brouillet. Vincennes, IN Straight back Ile d'Orleans chair & Petrin dough table in Old French House. Vincennes, IN Bird carved on door of lit-clos cabinet bed in Old French House. Vincennes, IN
Vincennes Grouseland, Vincennes, IN Grouseland by William Henry Harrison when he was Governor of the Indiana Territory. Vincennes, IN Front hall lamp at Grouseland. Vincennes, IN William Henry Harrison portrait by Rembrandt Peale at Grouseland. Vincennes, IN
Vincennes State Historic Sites, IN Indiana Territory Capitol or Red House (Legislature moved in 1811, taking over a tailor shop built ) at Vincennes Indiana State Historic Sites. Vincennes, IN Second floor upper house Legislative Council chamber of five in Indiana Territory Capitol. Vincennes, IN Buildings of Indiana State Historic Sites open air museum. Vincennes, IN
Vincennes, IN Heritage Architecture Lincoln Memorial Bridge across Wabash River & Indiana / Illinois boundary. Vincennes, IN Heritage buildings along Main St. including 122 Main St. & on right Second National Bank by Thomas Campbell & Louis Osterhage. Vincennes, IN The Pantheon Theater where native Red Skelton performed as a youngster. Vincennes, IN
Indiana Military Museum, Vincennes, IN M47 Patton Tank at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN Japanese type 95 KE-GO light tank at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN Civil War medal at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN

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