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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
Some High Lights in Missouri History
Article on the history of Missouri from its earliest speculative explorations. It begins with DeSoto in 1541, continuing with Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette in 1672-1673, early Catholic missions and...
Spanish Expeditions into Colorado
Article provides a chronological history of Spanish expeditions into or through Colorado that are not often cited in such histories or lists. The first part covers expeditions taking place in the period...
St. Louis in 1809 and 1829
Reprint of a newspaper article first appearing in the September 22, 1829, edition of the Missouri Republican. The author briefly describes the city of St. Louis in 1829 and compares its commercial activity...
Steamboats on the Missouri River
Extensive, well-researched book on the subject of steamboating on the Missouri River during the time frame of its beginning in 1819 to its eventual demise in 1935. The author states in the preface, "In...
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...
The 50 Greatest Books on the American West
Article lists contributors' choices of the 50 books most crucial to understanding westward expansion and pioneer life. The books address subjects such as the fur trade, agriculture, criminal violence,...
The American Fur Company
A transcribed report written by Philander Prescott in 1833. Prescott wrote the report just before the Chouteau family took over the American Fur Company and it describes its history, trade activity, and...
The Autobiography of a Mountain Man 1805-1889
1948, 2007 (Reprint Edition)
Brief autobiography by Stephen Hall Meek written before his death in either 1884 or 1889. An introduction and notes have been included with the 2007 edition. Meek writes that he was born in Virginia in...
The Bean-Sinclair Party of Rocky Mountain Trappers, 1830-32
Historical article about trapping explorations of the early 1830s, following developments in the early 1800s by the Chouteaus and Osage Indians, among others, starting in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas....
The Bee Hunter
A history of the spread of domestic European bees into the western United States. The author summarizes their introduction to North America in the seventeenth century and draws upon the accounts of western...
The Chouteaus and Their Commercial Enterprises, Part I
First of a two-part series of articles on the Chouteau family of the western frontier and their "economic dynasty" of the late 1700s and early 1800s, including biographical information of Francois Gesseau...
The Chouteaus and Their Commercial Enterprises, Part II: Diplomatic and Social Relations of the Chouteaus
Second of a two-part series of articles on the Chouteau family, concentrating on their diplomatic relations with the French, Spanish, English, and American governments and Indian tribes, including biographical...
The David Adams Journals
Transcribed journal entries of David Adams from 1841-1845. Adams was an explorer of the Missouri Valley region and participant in the Western fur trade during this time period. His journal entries describe...
The Dress of the First Voyageurs, 1650-1715
Article summarizes the typical dress and appearance of French-Canadian explorers of New France during the years 1650-1715. The following topics are covered: body ornamentation (beards and tattoos), summer...
The Earliest Fur Traders and Merchants
Early history of the fur trade in the West and especially the Midwest, describing how the Chouteau family controlled the Missouri River valley fur trade from the start, buying out fur magnate John Jacob...
The Early Fur Trade Posts on the South Platte
December 1, 1925
History of the early fur trading posts on the South Platte River (mostly in the later state of Nebraska), established by the late 1830s for protection on routes across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains....
The Exclusive Trade Privilege of Maxent, Laclede and Company
Article discusses whether Pierre LaClede and Antione Maxent actually had exclusive rights in 1762-1763 to the Indian trade in the Missouri River Valley and country west of the Mississippi as far north...
The Five Scalps
The subject of the article is Edward Rose, known as "Five Scalps" who was a trader, mountain man, and early explorer in the upper Missouri River regions. He went with Manuel Lisa in the spring of 1807...
The Formation of the Missouri Company
The article states that the origin of the Missouri Company dates from the fall of 1793. "In July of that year Le Baron de Carondelet, governor-general of Louisiana, in consequence of a decree which he...
The Fur Trade
A short, concise history is given of the fur trade and the fur trappers themselves starting with the French and ending with the decline of beaver pelts for use in the hat trade. Includes Lewis and Clark,...
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