Fort Maurepas (1)

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Fort Maurepas (1) (1699-1702) - First established in 1699 by the French under Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. Abandoned in 1702. Also known as Fort Biloxi.

Fort Maurepas Park
Fort Maurepas Park d'Iberville Statue

History

Established in 1699 on the east side of Biloxi Bay in what is know known as Ocean Springs by Pierre Le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville. Built as four sided fort with pointed bastions at each corner mounting 12 guns. A moat/ditch and external redans provided additional protection.

A second fort, Fort La Boulaye, was established along the Mississippi when it was learned that the English planned to try to gain control of the mouth of the Mississippi. A third fort, Fort Saint Louis de la Mobile, at the Mobile River was built to replace Fort Maurepas and Fort Maurepas was abandoned in 1702.

Current Status

Fort Maurepas State Park, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. No period guns or mounts in place. The park was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and rededicated in October 2009 but it does not contain a replica of the fort or any interpretive displays. It does contain a statue of d'Iberville. The actual fort site is believed to be north of I90.

Location: Fort Maurepas City Park, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Fort site map point is approximate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 30.4055556 Long: -88.8291667

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Visited: 7 Dec 2009


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