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Historical Marker:

Illinois in the American Revolution


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Location:
Kaskaskia Island near Liberty Bell Monument and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Latitude:
37.922
Longitude:
-89.9147
Dedication Date:
01/01/1976
Dedication By:
Illinois Bicentennial Commission and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
George Rogers Clark's capture of Kaskaskia in July 1778, doomed British control of the Illinois country. The occupation of Kaskaskia was the first step in Clark's plan to capture the western headquarters of the British control at Detroit. Under authorization from Virginia, Clark raised about 175 troops. They arrived near Kaskaskia during the night of July 4-5, after a grueling two-months journey of more than one thousand miles. Most of the British had been withdrawn, and Kaskaskia fell without gunfire. Clark's victory and the capture of the other frontier posts opened the Illinois country to westward expansion.
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