Vincennes, Indiana: From Past to Present

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The abuse law firm in Vincennes presents to you this article on the city of Vincennes. We encourage you to learn the history of the area and everything it has to offer its residents and visitors.

History of Vincennes

Vincennes is a city within Knox County, Indiana. Located in the southwestern part of the state on the lower Wabash River, it is also the seat of the county and the principal city of the Vincennes, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is among one of the oldest settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains and is the oldest European settlement in the state that has been continuously inhabited.

Before the city was founded by French fur traders in 1732, it was inhabited by many different cultures of indigenous peoples. On October 28, 1702, the first trading post was founded by Sieur Juchereau, Lt. General of Montréal on the Wabash River, to trade for Buffalo hides with American Indiana. It is said the trading post was located in present-day Vincennes. After Juchereau died, the post was abandoned until it was officially established as a second French fur trading post in the area by François-Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes, in 1732.

After the French and Indian War, New France was ceded to the British on February 10, 1763. Thus, leading Vincennes into the authority of Great Britain. In 1766, British officer John Ramsey came to the settlement and built a fort. He subsequently renamed it Fort Sackville.

Through many battles against the British, Americans and Indians, Vincennes has become a thriving city by 1798. It served as the first capital of Indiana Territory from 1800 until May 1813, when it was moved to Corydon. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 18,423 people and a total area of 7.478 square miles.

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George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is said to be situated on the site of the former Fort Sackville. The U.S. National Historic Park (NHP) is in honor of Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark who led a group of men in the middle of winter from Kaskaskia on the Mississippi River to capture Fort Sackville and British lt. Governor Henry Hamilton. This part of the Illinois Campaign was one of the most memorable feats of the American Revolutionary War.

In 1931, former President Calvin Coolidge authorized a classical memorial to be built. In 1936, former President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the structure. The site was handed over to the National Park Service in 1966. That same year, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and designated as an NHP.

Vincennes University

Vincennes University was founded in 1801 by former President William Henry Harrison as Jefferson Academy. The public university is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state. Incorporated by the Indiana Territory in 1806, it was renamed Vincennes University. In 1889, it was chartered by the State of Indiana and had been the only two-year university in the state for over 200 years.  The university is home to six colleges:

  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences and Human Performance
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Business and Public Service
    • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
  • Social Science, Performing Arts and Communications
  • Technology

It offers 103 undergraduate degrees, concentrated into 65 majors in 29 fields of studies. The institution is also home to 60 clubs and organizations students can choose from.

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