The "ancient Post of Arkansas" of Antoine Lepine's youth is
revealed to also be the setting for the early scenes in the continuing drama of the Arkansas depicted
in the following documents. Of this Arkansas Post No. 2, Mattison writes...
"Contemporary evidence is...very conclusive as to the location of the Arkansas Post
constructed in 1732... .about 10 to 15 miles above the mouth of the Arkansas and on the
north side of that stream. It appears to have been abandoned in the early 1750's."
Faye calls it the "only French post that...ever stood below the Arkansas forks" and
writes that Commandant Montchervaux's headquarters (our 1743 focal point) was precariously
situated below the flood level and that the commandant found it necessary to enclose the
area of his fort, occupying three quarters of an acre, with a parapet levee.
Contemporary writings shed additional light on 1743 Arkansas.
The Post Commandant, Enxign St. Therese de Langloiserie,
wrote of the buildings in 1734: