Although the name of this park stems from the French trading post near the banks of the Mississippi River, Native Americans, most recently the Quapaw, inhabited the area for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Visitors can learn about the historic nature of the park and of the many stories, ranging from expedition of Hernando de Soto to the Battle of Arkansas Post in the Civil War. Visitors can also stroll the nature trails and try to steal a glimpse of one of the area's American alligators or endangered Traill's flycatchers.


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