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Leroy R Hafen
Walter B Douglas
John Francis Mcdermott
Marian B Pickens
Old Bill Williams
Illustrations and information on William Sherley Williams, or Old Bill Williams (1787-1849 ca.), a Santa Fe Trail scout, mountain man, and Fort Osage interpreter. Native of North Carolina raised in the...
Manuel Lisa [Part II]
Portrait and second in a series of two biographical articles about Manuel Lisa (1772-1820), "the great Spanish fur dealer on the Missouri." Description of his later career from 1812 to his death, exploring...
Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference
Biographical sketch of Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868), "merchant and trader, and the founder of the city of St. Joseph, Missouri." Native of Saint Louis, Missouri traveling up the Missouri River as a fur...
Biographical chapter about Jules DeMun (1782-1843), an early explorer and fur trader of the American Southwest and of the site of Kansas City. He was a native of Haiti and "nobleman by birth" coming to...
Biographical chapter about Etienne Provost (1785-1850), an early southwestern fur trader dubbed "The Man of the Mountains" and namesake of Provo, Utah. He was a native of Quebec, Canada, becoming a "member...
Biographical chapter about Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a Southwestern fur trader and early settler of Saint Joseph, Missouri. He was a native of Florissant, Missouri (a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri)...
Ceran St. Vrain
Biographical chapter of the book about Ceran Saint Vrain, or Ceran St. Vrain (1802-1870), a fur trader native to the area of Saint Louis, Missouri raised partly with the family of Bernard Pratte, Sr. He...
Biographical chapter in the book about Charles Bent (1799-1847), "fur trapper and trader, Santa Fe trader, part owner of Bent's Fort on the Arkansas [River], and governor of New Mexico." He was a native...
The New Encyclopedia of the American West
Entry about Francois Gesseau Chouteau, or Francois Chouteau (1797-1838), also known as "Jesse" according to this source. Native of Saint Louis, Missouri and manager of "the trade of the Kansas River from...
James Baird, Early Santa Fe Trader
Biographical article about James Baird (1767-1826), an early and rarely documented Santa Fe trader. Native of Pennsylvania moving to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1810 as a blacksmith before traveling to Santa...
Joseph Robidoux's Family: Fur Traders and Trail Blazers
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about the western fur trading family of Joseph Robidoux III (1783-1860). Description of Joseph (founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri) "as an equal of Manuel...
Don Benito Vasquez in Early Saint Louis
Biographical 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...
June 19, 1905
Biographical chapter about Sylvestre S. Pratte, or Sylvestre Pratt (1799-1828), a short-lived mountain man. He was a native of Saint Louis, Missouri married to a niece of "the last Spanish Governor of...
Pierre LaClede [sic], the Father of St. Louis
Biographical article about Pierre de Laclede Liguest, or Pierre Laclede (1729-1778), the founder of Saint Louis, Missouri and a native of France emigrating to New Orleans in 1755, participating in the...
He Was the Best
Portrait, illustrations (paintings by the author), and biographical article about Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), an early fur trapper and mountain man born in New York and based in Saint Louis, Missouri starting...
Missouri Heritage: Sarpy Family Deserves Historian's Attention
File containing a biographical article about Peter Sarpy, a fur trader on the Missouri River starting about 1823. Born in Saint Louis in 1805 and assisting John Fremont and Brigham Young in expeditions...
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