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St. Louis RisingThe French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive$
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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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End of an Era

End of an Era

(p.206) Chapter 11 End of an Era
St. Louis Rising

Carl J. Ekberg

Sharon K. Person

University of Illinois Press

This chapter reflects on Louis St. Ange de Bellerive's diplomatic work with various Indian tribes during his lifetime. From the time that St. Ange was stationed with his father at Fort St. Joseph until he arrived at St. Louis as commandant in October 1765, he dealt with Indians of one tribe or another on a daily basis. His entire adult life was all about Indians, not only in the public arena, but also about the Indian women who bore his children. In discussing Indian affairs, St. Ange never once suggested employing force of any kind as an instrument of policy. Although a military man, his passion, his knowledge, and his skill lay in diplomacy, not warfare. This chapter discusses St. Ange's attitude toward Indians as well as his concubines, his Indian slaves, and the last seventeen months of his life, which he spent in the residence of Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau. St. Ange was found dead in his bed on December 27, 1774.

Keywords:   diplomacy, Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, Indian tribes, St. Louis, Indians, Indian women, concubines, Indian slaves, Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau

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