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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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The Illinois Country in Transition, 1763–1765

The Illinois Country in Transition, 1763–1765

(p.50) Chapter 3 The Illinois Country in Transition, 1763–1765
St. Louis Rising

Carl J. Ekberg

Sharon K. Person

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Louis St. Ange de Bellerive's career during the critical years 1763–1765, as he moved his commandancy westward across the Illinois Country from Vincennes to Fort de Chartres and finally on across the Mississippi to St. Louis. It begins by discussing Pierre Laclède Liguest's career, which tracked simultaneously with, but quite independently of, that of St. Ange. In particular, it examines how these two separate tracks ultimately converged in a raw, new settlement perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It then examines Laclède's activities during the autumn of 1763, Auguste Chouteau's accounts of events associated with St. Louis's founding, and Indians' opposition to British occupation of the Mississippi Valley. It also considers Great Britain's efforts to take possession of Illinois and concludes by describing the British takeover of Fort de Chartres on October 10, 1765.

Keywords:   Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, Illinois Country, Fort de Chartres, St. Louis, Pierre Laclède Liguest, Mississippi River, Auguste Chouteau, Indians, Mississippi Valley, Great Britain

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