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Explore how "The Second War of Independence" - the War of 1812 - impacted the soldiers and residents of Fort Osage. Both military and civilian re-enactors will bring this unsettling period to life as word of the declaration of war reached Fort Osage. Uncertain of imminent British attack, civilian men were conscripted to form a militia to bolster the Fort's defenses while the soldiers stationed at the Fort prepared for possible battle. Complete with musket and cannon demonstrations, this important, but largely forgotten saga is brought vividly to life at Fort Osage!
The presence of late 18th century French and Spanish explorers and settlers in the Kansas City area is a largely forgotten aspect of our regional history.
Fort Osage provides a perfect backdrop for this two day interpretive event exploring how these earliest Europeans were engaged in trade with local Native Americans while their home countries vied for dominance and control of the American west.
Skilled artisans will display handcrafted items of the period while other skilled interpreters will bring this fascinating period back to life for our visitors!
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