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Don Benito Vasquez in Early Saint Louis
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TitleDon Benito Vasquez in Early Saint Louis
AbstractBiographical article about Don Benito Vasquez (1738-1810), an early Spanish settler of Saint Louis, Missouri. Native of Spain emigrating to Saint Louis in 1869 as a soldier under Lieutenant Pedro Piernas following the Louisiana Territory's ceding to Spain from France. Description of his fur trading career from 1772 to about 1800, traveling down the Mississippi River and up the Missouri River to the later site of Kansas City and beyond, and dealing with Manuel Lisa, Governor Carondelet, and Jean Baptiste Trudeau.
NotesPage 301: "In 1794 he [Vasquez] was granted the trade of the Kansas Indians and spent the winter with that tribe. In the spring of 1795, when he was returning to St. Louis, Benito and his companion were waylaid by a band of 160 Iowas who plundered their boats, carried off two of the engages, beat them and left them at the mouth of the Kansas River, naked and without food or guns."
AuthorJanet Lecompte
SourceMissouri Historical Society Bulletin
Local SubjectVasquez, Benito
Fur Trade
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID121022
CONTENTdm number18190
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