Fort Smith National Historic Site Belle Point and First Fort Webcam


Belle Point Webcam

As there are over 100 preset locations, these descriptions offer a generalized description of the area.

To the west shows the remnants of the first Fort Smith. The fort was established to enforce a truce between Cherokee and Osage warriors. During the early 1800s, pressure from the rapidly-growing population of white settlers forced a removal of the Cherokee Indian tribe to the west. In 1817, Cherokees moving from the southern Appalachian Mountains clashed with the Osage living in Eastern Indian Territory and Western Arkansas. For more information, please visit the Fort Smith National Historic Site website.

To the south/southwest is the confluence of the Arkansas River and the Poteau River. During 1830-1842 the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and the Cherokee traveled various land and water routes to Indian Territory. Groups from each tribe traveled the Arkansas River, and stopped at Fort Smith to receive supplies before reaching their destinations in Indian Territory. The left bank is land belonging to the Choctaw Nation and the right bank is land belonging to the Cherokee Nation.

To the north shows the rock foundations of the first Fort Smith, a 6-pound cannon that would have been used at the first Fort Smith, a flag pole is sporting a 15-Star Flag. The 15-star, 15-stripe flag became the official United States Flag on May 1st, 1795. The flag was immortalized by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Sept. 13, 1814, and is known as The Star-Spangled Banner. A 15-star, 15-stripe flag would have flown over Fort Smith when it was established in 1817. 
 
To the south/southeast is the sidewalk crossing the railroad, to the first fort and the old dividing line between Arkansas and Indian Territory. Fort Smith’s location here at the edge of Indian Country was a major factor in its evolution and vitality. The history of the fort and of the town growing up around it was shaped by the forced removal of the five tribes to Indian Territory, the booming border trade in contraband goods, the white settlers’ relentless push for land, and the military’s efforts to maintain order.

For more information, please visit the Fort Smith National Historic Site website.
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