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Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038976

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038976.001.0001

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Foundations of the St. Louis Fur Trade

Foundations of the St. Louis Fur Trade

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(p.187) Chapter 10 Foundations of the St. Louis Fur Trade
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St. Louis Rising
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Carl J. Ekberg

Sharon K. Person

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038976.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the obscure men who initiated the fur trade that emanated from St. Louis, among them Pierre Laclède Liguest, Jean-Louis Lambert dit Lafleur, and Louis Perrault. In his classic study, The American Fur Trade of the Far West, Hiram Martin Chittenden portrayed Laclède and Auguste Chouteau as the founders of the St. Louis fur trade. However, the most important sources for understanding the early St. Louis fur trade are manuscripts housed at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis and the Archivo General de Indias in Seville. Drawing on these heretofore neglected sources, the chapter brings to center stage an entirely new cast of characters that animated the early St. Louis fur trade: négociants, commerçants, and voyageurs. It considers the origins of fur trade in early St. Louis and the traders' competitions with the British, along with the Indians' involvement in the trade.

Keywords:   fur trade, St. Louis, Pierre Laclède Liguest, Jean-Louis Lambert dit Lafleur, Louis Perrault, Auguste Chouteau, négociants, commerçants, voyageurs, Indians

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