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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, August 27, 2005

Settlers Selecting Charrette Creek

There must have been decisive reasons why early settlers on the Lower Missouri River chose one site over the many alternatives presented them. For successive generations the region near the mouth of Charrette Creek was favored. From its headwaters described at http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/areas/natareas/p144-1l.htm to its fertile flood plains downstream in Charrette Bottoms it offered unique attributes sought by Native Americans and a succession of others who followed. Fertile soil combined with environmental essentials supported luxurious growth of plants. The abundance of animal life residing there reflected these amineties.

Zoom 'in' and 'out' of the topographical map provided at the title link and explore the opportunies around Charrette Bend of the Missouri River where Charrette Creek empties from the northwest, just as those who settled there must had done. Joining the Native Americans came squatters like Jean Marie Cardinal, Sr. and Jose Tebeau, Sr. attracted to the region by the abundance of beaver in the 1760s. They also selected this site to allow them to trade with Native Americans while also offering ready access to the Missouri. When Jean Baptiste Trudeau traded furs at the mouth of Charrette Creek from 1769 until 1795 his boats would have required suitable landing opportunities too. These same needs were critical to the first seven French-Canadian families who settled La Charrette Village with its landing at the confluence of Charrette Creek and the Missouri River in 1801. Additionally, this fertile land was conducive to their desire to farm small plots of land. The Bryans, Callaways and Lammes of the family of Daniel and Rebecca Boone were more interested in farming than were these French-Canadians. But it was the last influx of settlers, starting in the 1830s, that farmed these lands with the greatest enthusiasm. These Germans even thought the environs of Charrette Creek reminded them of another fertile forest in their "Father Land", especially the regions allied with the Teutoburger Wald in Lippe and Westphalia in Northwest Germany. Here their national hero, Arminius, aka 'Herman the German', defeated the Romans in 9 A.D. as described at http://www.redrampant.com/roma/varus.html

Thus for four 'generations' Charrette Creek has been selected for the abundance it offered Native Americans, then French-Canadians, followed by members of the Boone famly and eventually the Germans who predominate to the present.


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