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St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive

Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person


The standard story of St. Louis's founding tells of fur traders Pierre Laclède Liguest and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness. This book overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early city society. Of the former, none did more than Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. His commitment to the Bourbon monarchy and to civil tranquility made him the prime mover as St. Louis emerged during the tumult following the French and Indian War. Drawing on new source materials, the book delves into the complexities of ... More

Keywords: fur trade, St. Louis, Louis St. Ange de Bellerive, French and Indian War, Pierre Laclède Liguest, Auguste Chouteau, slavery, women, material culture, Illinois Country

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038976
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl J. Ekberg, author

Sharon K. Person, author
St. Louis Community College