The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis
For more than half a century, Auguste and Pierre Chouteau dominated trade and enterprise in the Mississippi Valley. In their various roles as merchants, Indian traders, bankers, land speculators, governmental advisors, public officials, and community leaders, The Chouteau brothers exerted a tremendous influence on westward expansion. This is the first full account of their lives and illustrious careers.
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Great book about the founding and early years of St. Louis. Mr. Chouteau was quite an individual. He was a French subject founding a city on Spanish land that became a US State, and the whole time he made money doing it. He was an incredible American! Read full review