• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Description
  • The Bolduc House has a stockade or property fence (pieux debouts), typical of many French homes, which encloses its yard and backyard garden, as well as outbuildings. This provided security and kept domestic animals from straying off the property. When the American Revolution ended in 1783 the French settlements in Illinois were without governmental leadership. Within a few years, many of the settlers moved to the west bank of the Mississippi ... more
    The Bolduc House has a stockade or property fence (pieux debouts), typical of many French homes, which encloses its yard and backyard garden, as well as outbuildings. This provided security and kept domestic animals from straying off the property. When the American Revolution ended in 1783 the French settlements in Illinois were without governmental leadership. Within a few years, many of the settlers moved to the west bank of the Mississippi to settlements in St. Louis or Ste. Genevieve, where they felt more comfortable with Spanish rule, sharing their catholic religion. Early homes in Ste. Genevieve were erected in the area near the river, which was subject to repeated flooding. By the 1780s, the town relocated on higher ground. The new town was laid out more formally with a town square. The grid pattern of the new town confirmed to Spanish guidelines. French in Illinois; Settling in the Midwest. 16 History; 17 Geography. less
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  • Bolduc