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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.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

La Charrette Fur Trade Economy

The title link pictures W. Crosby Brown in his home as a recreated version of La Charrette fur trading post east of Washington, Missouri. Looking very much the part of an 1800 La Charrette trapper, Crosby was helpful to me during a 2002 visit when conducting research on La Charrette. The picture shown here is my recreation of a trapper arriving at the village at the mouth of Charrette Creek.

The frontier fur trading industry held a longstanding tradition in North America since the 1600s as related at http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/teacher/highered/crafts/craft4.htm
These same events were active at La Charrette since the 1760s into the 1820s. Many fur trading expeditions went upriver and visited La Charrette as related in the journals of Dr. James at http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/mtman/html/thomas.html Native Americans were essential to success in this million dollar business. For their furs they were offered trinkets and beads, like those pictured at http://www.thefurtrapper.com/trade_beads.htm But other articles were also traded, including liquor.

Of all the motivations leading to western exploration, none were more important than the dreams of riches in the fur trade. Beaver were the preferred pelt for the manufacture of 'in vogue' hats for men in Europe driving this international trade boom.


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