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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.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Women...often forgotten in history

Women in early frontier settlements experienced lives far different than those of today. As rugged as life might have been for their men and children, the women not only toiled continuously with family and household chores, they maintained the homefront in the absence of the men. And, they occupied the bottom rung on the societal ladder. Even among the women stratification was evident. Blacks, either free or enslaved, ranked lowest followed by Native American women with whites at the top. These social conditions are discussed in some detail at the title link. The two women shown above are from Callaway County, home to Cote sans Dessein. Pictures taken before the 1876 publication of the History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri (its source) by Wm. S. Bryan, a Boone family descendant.

Of the women at La Charrette, few had anything recorded on their behalf except for Rebecca Boone and her family member Nancy Howell Callaway. None recorded anything about themselves during the early years at La Charrette, although Callaway did learn to write ten years following the 1815 death of her husband. At Cote sans Dessein, things were little different. There Julia Royer Roy was one of few recorded as a heroine for her exceptional skills in saving a fort under attack in 1815. Like La Charrette citizens, those at Cote sans Dessein were mostly, if not all, illiterate.


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