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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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Cote sans Dessein



Jean Baptiste Roy founded Cote sans Dessein upon recieving a 4,000 arpent (3,403 acres) grant in 1808 across the Missouri River from the mouth of the Osage River. This village, upriver from La Charrette, not only supplanted its role as the western most settlement of the Louisiana Purchase but also involved three La Charrette families...the Cardinals, Tayons and Tebeaus. The map shown to the left is from volume LXII, page 234 of the 1969 Missouri Historical Review's article on "French Settlements in Missouri". It establishes both villages (encircled) on the north bank of Missouri River farther westward than any contemporary villages.

More may be learned about the 'Cote' at the title link developed by the Manitoba Metis Foundation, Inc. of Canadin on "Metis Settlements and Communities". Scroll down about one-fourth page to study this excellent article. There were also two forts there, Roi's Fort and Fort Cote sans Dessein described at http://www.geocities.com/naforts/mo.html While at this Missouri webpage, click on Callaway's Fort located at La Charrette as well as Fort Charette, a recreated version of the village located on the south side of the Missouri River, owned and operated by Crosby Brown of Washington, MO. Fort Charette provides an exciting historical rendering of past times and relics but the claim regarding Fort San Juan del Misuri once being near Dutzow is questionable.

Much of Cote san Dessein's early 100-year village history similar to that of Village Charrette. They both represented adventuresome fur trappers on the cusp of the American Frontier. An obvious exception, however, was its rise to sufficient prominence to become second in contention for the new State capital. Jefferson City, immediately across the river from the Cote, served that role when moved from St. Charles.

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