Fort Saint Charles
Fort Saint Charles is one of the northernmost historical sites in the United States and one of the most important sites in the early history of Minnesota. The fort is located in the Northwest Angle on Magnusson Island, just south of the border with Canada. It was the longest occupied French fort in the state's history, from 1732 when it was built until the mid-1950s. French explorer and trader Sieur de La Verendrye, his son, nephew, a Jesuit priest and a large contingent of Indians built the fort, which was the second one of several posts Verendrye established. The site also significant in that it is the only French fort in the state where an Indian village was located nearby. The original structures were lost to time but it has been recreated and maintained by the Minnesota 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic order.
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