French Fur Traders and Voyageurs in the American West

Overview

?Frenchmen were far ahead of Englishmen in the early Far West, not only prior in time but greater in numbers and in historical importance,? writes Janet Lecompte in her introduction to French Fur Traders and Voyageurs in the American West. They were the first to navigate the Mississippi and its tributaries, and they founded St. Louis and New Orleans. Though France lost her North American possessions in 1763, thousands of her natives remained on the continent. Many of them were voyageurs for Hudson?s Bay Company, ...
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Overview

“Frenchmen were far ahead of Englishmen in the early Far West, not only prior in time but greater in numbers and in historical importance,” writes Janet Lecompte in her introduction to French Fur Traders and Voyageurs in the American West. They were the first to navigate the Mississippi and its tributaries, and they founded St. Louis and New Orleans. Though France lost her North American possessions in 1763, thousands of her natives remained on the continent. Many of them were voyageurs for Hudson’s Bay Company, whose descendants would join American fur trade companies plying the trans-Mississippi West. This volume documents the fact that in the nineteenth century Frenchmen dominated the fur trade in the United States. Twenty-two biographies, collected from LeRoy R. Hafen’s classic ten-volume The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West, represent a variety of origins and social classes, types of work, and trading areas. Here are trappers who joined John Jacob Astor’s ill-fated fur venture on the Pacific, St. Louis traders who hauled goods to Spanish New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail, and those who traded with Indians in the western plains and mountains.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273023
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

LeRoy R. Hafen is also the editor of Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West: Eighteen Biographical Sketches, Trappers of the Far West: Sixteen Biographical Sketches, and Fur Traders, Trappers, and Mountain Men of the Upper Missouri, all available as Bison Books. Janet Lecompte’s books include Rebellion in Rio Arriba, 1837.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Charles H. Beaubien 29
James Bordeaux 42
Jean-Baptiste Chalifoux 58
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau 76
Auguste Pierre Chouteau 96
Jacques Clamorgan 124
Gabriel Franchere 138
Joseph Gervais 144
Charles Larpenteur 159
Maurice LeDuc 176
Pierre Lesperance 190
Etienne Lucier 196
Jean Baptiste Lucier 208
Pierre Menard 217
J. B. Moncravie 229
Pierre Didier Papin 239
Pierre Pariseau 253
Sylvestre S. Pratte 258
Antoine Robidoux 270
Marcellin St. Vrain 283
Peter A. Sarpy 288
Antoine F. ("Baronet") Vasquez 302
Index 315
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