FRENCH HISTORY AND EXPLORERS IN "PAÏS DES ILLINOIS" (COUNTRY OF ILLINOIS)

Païs des Illinois = "Country of Illinois."
French Map of Païs des Ilinois, 1717. Note the French spelling of ILINOIS.





The current state of Illinois became Païs des Illinois, a county of Virginia [New France] in 1673. Virginia ceded the territory, thus becoming the Illinois Country in 1778.

FRENCH FORTS IN ILLINOIS (1673-1778)
1680 - Fort Crèvecoeur, Creve Coeur, Peoria County
1682 - Fort Saint Louis du Rocher, North Utica, La Salle County
1691 - Fort Pimiteoui, Peoria County (Fort Crèvecoeur)
1720 - Fort de Chartres, Randolph County
1729 - Fort Le Pouz, Joliet, Will County
1757 - Fort Massac, Massac County
1759 - Fort Kaskaskia, Randolph County