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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.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

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.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

"the last settlement of whites on this river..."

The title of this blog is the same as an article of mine appearing in Lewis and Clark's Journey Across Missouri (Fayette, 2003). Copies are available from Missouri Life magazine for $24.95 by calling 1-800-492-2593. Before the days of political correctness, Sgt. Charles Floyd recored this entry in his journal upon departing the village. My article, the title portion shown here, explains about the French x Indian squatters there years before village founding. This booklet's Corps of Discovery articles are all well illustrated with photos by Brett Dufur.

Learn about these early multi-ethnic families and events associated with La Charrette Village. Additional muti-ethnicity is revealed with Daniel Boone and his black slaves as shared at http://www.missouri-slave-data.org/slaveinfo.html , at
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mopoc/articles/otokos.htm and other early Missouri families at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/topic/afro-amer/upperla/, all before Upper Louisiana became part of the Louisiana Purchase, and America. Many Native American genealogy resources are offered nearby La Charrette at Linnemann Library of St. Charles at
http://www.win.org/library/services/lhgen/natamerican.html representing those living there before all the others. Many of these data bases are works in-progress. The 1876 book by Bryan and Rose on the history of The Pioneer Families of Missouri is a classic. Another source for the earliest French-Canadian, Spanish and Native American families is the census offered at
http://www.umsystem.edu/whmc/invent/2965.html for the Cardinal, Tayon, Tabeau and others living around La Charrette Village. Early Missouri fur trading, so vital to La Charrette Village life, is skillfully protrayed at http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/teacher/highered/crafts/craft4.htm

In all reality, La Charrette was not just a "... settlement of whites..."!


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