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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

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A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

"Indian" Phillips: A Shawnee at La Charrette


Charles "Indian" Phillips was representative of the displaced Native Americans residing at La Charrette as explained by Professor John Mack Faragher at the title link. Faragher, history professor at Yale University, explains their plight, discusses how the family of Daniel Boone and others around La Charrette interacted with Native Americans in developing their conditional yet mutually supportive relationship.

Faragher's narrative book on the Life and Legend of an American Pioneer at http://www.holtzbrinckpublishers.com/academic/Book/BookDisplay.asp?BookKey=514195 about Daniel Boone extends his experiences with Indian Phillips at La Charrette.

Most considered Phillips "a dirty fellow - of no account & only fit for the woods as servant or campkeeper" no doubt explains why 85-year old Boone hired him in 1816 to assist on one of his last extended hunting ventures. They and Boone's Black slave, Derry, traveled in canoes like those shown above. Phillips worked occasionally for others too, married, owned property in St. Charles and lived nearby Village Charrette at Little Boeuf Creek for most of 40 years before taken as a "stray". Jose Tebeau, Jr., whose father was a likely squatter in Charrette Bottoms, did the arresting in St. Charles Township on May 2, 1821. Tebeau was also one of those at La Charrette who provided Zebulon Pike the essential details for the first draft of a map of the Santa Fe Trail in 1806.

Can you imagine the topics discussed when Charles "Indian" Phillips, Daniel Boone, his black slave Derry and America's First Mountain Man John Colter sat about a campfire telling tales? Chewing a plug of tobacco...spitting, now and again. Such was the mix of cultures fueling the intellect at La Charrette.

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